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A NEW collaboration with Ventnor Botanical Garden on the Isle of Wight will allow staff at the University of Portsmouth to research the effect of climate change on the garden’s plants.

The collaboration, driven by Dr Rocio Perez-Barrales and Dr Matthew Tallis, will also provide many other research opportunities for staff and students, as well as a good setting for experiments on the ecology and biology of plant species.

Dr Perez-Barrales, from the School of Biological Sciences said: ‘I’m thrilled that the gardens have agreed to work with us. It’s an incredible opportunity and will allow us to carry out some fascinating research.

‘It will be beneficial for the students to actually see some of the plants which feature in our lectures, rather than just listening to me talk about them.’

The garden is renowned for its unrivalled collection of subtropical plants, with species from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and the Mediterranean.

Ventnor will also provide a location for students to carry out their third year projects.

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