Most gardening books deal with the how of gardening - how to prune roses, take cuttings or control diseases. This approach means you have to follow rules and instructions which are easy to forget or misunderstand. A complementary approach is to understand why plants respond to pruning, why only some plant shoots produce roots when taken as cuttings and why crop rotation can help manage disease in the vegetable garden.
Peter Jones was awarded his BSc in Agricultural Botany from University College Aberystwyth, and his PhD from the University of Nottingham. He is now Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science at University College Cork [UCC]. Peter has a wide ranging interest in plant biology and lectures on subjects as diverse as biocontrol of pests, plant breeding, grass identification, medicinal plants, crop physiology, constructed wetlands, genetically modified crops, sustainable agriculture and biostatistics. His research group studies how crop plants can be made better able to put up with stresses such as drought or disease.