SAVILE SCIENCE – DR CRAWFORD KINGSNORTH ON “HOW DO MUSHROOMS HAVE SEX?”

Fifty Shades of Grey was written about an organism with two sexes.  Imagine how much better that book could have been if it had been written about an organism with 12,000 sexes, especially if the name of that species was Grey!! This talk investigates the physical process involved in how mushrooms have sex.  How those 12,000 sexes were formed and why so many sexes are needed.  It also looks into the genes that control sex and how mushroom sex may lead us to a better understanding as to how normal cells turn cancerous.

On our journey we will also look into:

  • mushrooms, mutations and mustard gas
  • how Anthrax can hamper your chances of getting into America
  • pressure cooking ‘horse apples’
  • attempted murder
  • how Rudolf, the red nosed reindeer, got his nickname
  • and finally how we can stop your mushrooms going bad in the refrigerator.

Dr Crawford Kingsnorth gained his PhD at Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.  Previously a Scientist in the Civil Service he is now a teacher of Biology and has just written the new GCSE specification for Biology at Cambridge Assessment (University of Cambridge).

Chairman: Savilian Ken Allen