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Raising awareness of plant blindness

Readers of this column will know that there is a problem with the inability – or unwillingness – of people generally to appreciate plants. This is the well-recognised phenomenon of plant blindness. Although we’ve talked about it before in Plant Cuttings items, it’s now time to go visual. To that end I’d shamelessly like to showcase the work of one of my university’s undergraduates. Benedict Furness, an Honours Biology student, produced a video about plant blindness that deserves to be seen by an audience wider than those select few at his alma mater Bath Spa University. Produced as part of his coursework it eloquently articulates the problem of plant blindness and suggests ways in which this can be overcome. Please watch it, and share it in the hope that we can all help to make a difference to this issue.

Should you want to follow-up on the video, Benedict can be contacted via eMail at benedict.furness15 {@} bathspa.ac.uk.

Nigel Chaffey

I am a Botanist and former Senior Lecturer in Botany at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK). As News Editor for the Annals of Botany I contributed the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that international plant science journal for almost 10 years. As a freelance plant science communicator I continue to share my Cuttingsesque items - and appraisals of books with a plant focus - with a plant-curious audience at Plant Cuttings [https://plantcuttings.uk] (and formerly at Botany One [https://botany.one/author/nigelchaffey/]). In that guise my main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way) others about plants and plant-people interactions, and thereby improve humankind's botanical literacy. I'm happy to be contacted to discuss potential writing - or talking - projects and opportunities.
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