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Botanic Garden Chemistry Audio Tour

A chemistry tour of the Oxford University Botanic Garden.

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04. Robert Robinson, a revolutionary chemist

Sir Robert Robinson used the Botanic Garden in his research investigating the structures of alkaloids derived from plants.

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18 Oct 2012

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12. Healing molecules or poisonous plants?

The notorious history of healing molecules. Many molecules from plants can be used as medicines but are also toxic if the dose is too large.

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18 Oct 2012

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03. Take care with the word organic

Hear what the word organic means to a chemist.

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05. Energy from the sun

How plants use energy from the sun to make food from carbon dioxide and water.

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18 Oct 2012

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13. New medicines from plants

Many modern medicines are derived from plants.

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18 Oct 2012

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11. The machine inside plants

The photosynthetic machinery inside plants is explained.

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18 Oct 2012

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07. The many tastes of ginger

Ginger contains a cocktail of different molecules. The different molecules in dried, cooked and fresh ginger lead to different flavours.

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18 Oct 2012

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10. Colourful vegetables

Pigments from plants are different colours depending on the chemical environment they are in.

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18 Oct 2012

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09. The hottest plant in the world

How chillis and a euphorbia are helping to produce new painkillers.

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18 Oct 2012

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14. The caramel tree

Why the Katsura tree smells of caramel and how analytical techniques have solved the problem of what is responsible for the smell.

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18 Oct 2012

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