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Talk on plant health for Universities Week 2014

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Gardeners were given an insight into identifying plant pests and diseases by a university as part of a national celebration of higher education.

Glyndŵr University hosted a free, interactive session on tree and plant health at its Northop campus for Universities Week 2014.

The annual initiative was launched in 2010 with the aim of increasing public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities.

Dr David Skydmore, academic leader for biology and environmental science, led the session, run in conjunction with Horticulture Wales, which focused on some of the common diseases, viruses and fungi which attack plants, trees and fruit.

This included reasons for things such as leaf distortion, scabs and blisters on apples and shothole fungus developing – plus tips on how to identify them correctly.

Visitors were also given the opportunity to look more closely at some real life plant diseases and view samples under microscopes.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “Universities Week 2014 is an excellent opportunity to highlight how the work going on in our universities has an impact on people's everyday lives.

“It is also a chance for academics to engage with the public, bringing their research to life and hopefully inspiring people to go away and find out more about a topic,” he said.

“We want more and more people to be aware of the great work we do at Glyndŵr University, including the strides we’ve made in the fields of graduate employability and research, and we are delighted to be able to welcome visitors to our campuses to witness it for themselves.”

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, added: “The aim of Universities Week is to inspire the public about the world-leading research taking place in our universities.”

Events are being held across Glyndŵr University’s campuses in Wrexham, Northop and St Asaph throughout Universities Week.

The university’s sporting links are being evidenced through a Coaching for Hope day at Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, while the university’s expertise is computing is explored through a lecture on ‘The Internet of Everything’ by Professor Vic Grout, Professor of Computing Futures.

Professor Michael Lebby is delivering a talk on photonics, celebrating research which is carried out at Glyndŵr University’s St Asaph campus.

For more information about Universities Week visit http://www.universitiesweek.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

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