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East Anglia branch

Have you ever thought beyond the magic of Christmas to the plants rooted in our winter-time traditions? 

This series of online talks from experts around the world will open your eyes to the cytology of the Christmas tree, the conservation of the Cranberry and the maintenance under the mistletoe.


  • Introduction/Welcome (5 mins)
  • Jed Colquhon, Professor and extension specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison- From foraged harvest to refined innovation: The story of the American cranberry (25 mins)
  • Q&A 1 (5 mins)
  • Professor Rajasekaran Lada, Emeritus Professor, Dalhousie University - "Science for Society" A journey with Christmas trees (25 mins)
  • Q&A 2 (5 mins)
  • Jonathan Briggs, national mistletoe expert - British and Irish mistletoe issues this winter (25 mins)
  • Q&A 3 (5 mins)
  • Thanks/Goodbye (5 mins)
Please join the East Anglia Branch for a bit of a different seasons greetings this year.


Professor Jed Colquhoun - From foraged harvest to refined innovation: The story of the American cranberry

Jed Colquhoun is a Professor of commercial specialty crop production and IPM Program Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His work is centered at the crossroads of profitable agriculture and a protected environment.  Jed has also provided production and sustainability consulting services to the food industry for over two decades.  He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from UW-Madison. Prior to returning to UW-Madison, he was a faculty member at Oregon State University.

Jonathan Briggs (Mistletoe Expert) - British and Irish mistletoe issues this winter

Jonathan Briggs is a botanist and ecologist who has had a long career working in nature conservation.  Mistletoe has been a special interest for nearly 30 years, studying distribution, biology, conservation, control and practical aspects of seasonal marketing and propagation. He has a paper reviewing current mistletoe issues due in British & Irish Botany this winter.  His talk will cover some of those issues.

Professor Rajasekaran Lada - "Science for Society" A journey with Christmas trees

Dr Lada is an Emeritus Professor with Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is serving as the Vice-President, Research, Development and Innovation & Chief Innovation Officer with Asante Logistic Group Inc., Truro, Nova Scotia. Dr Lada has also served as the Founding Director of the Christmas Tree Research Centre, Dalhousie University. He is also the Founding Director for the Maple Research Programme. He is leading the Disruptive Agriculture Innovations and Product Development Initiative. In addition, Dr Lada served as Chair of the Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences; and as the Department Head, Environmental Sciences, Dalhousie University for two terms. He is an internationally recognized scientist with over 35 years of experience serving in various universities, national research centres and at the World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan. Dr Lada travelled to several countries including Taiwan, China, Vietnam, LaoPDR, Cambodia, The Philippines, Gambia and Tanzania and implemented various international R&D and capacity building projects.

Cost and booking

This event is free to attend and open to all. Advance registration is essential through the link at the top of the page. The meeting joining link will be circulated with registered attendees ahead of the event.


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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 6 CPD points.