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Plants: Hidden Movements

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17
May

19:00 - 21:30

The York Tavern 1 Leicester Street,
Norwich NR2 2AS


How exactly do microscopic buds grow into the beautiful array of plant shapes we see around us? The secret is their hidden cellular movements! Local scientists offer an insight into the enticing cup-shaped traps of carnivorous plants, and investigate how complex signals are relayed along molecular highways from root to shoot without any nervous system or blood stream.

 

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It’s a Trap! The Remarkable Cup-Shaped Leaves of Carnivorous Plants

Dr Beatriz Pinto Gonçalves (Research Scientist at the John Innes Centre )

What generates the diversity of shapes observed in the natural world? You may have noticed some plants have simple leaves that are more or less flat, while others have more elaborate leaves with deep serrations or even leaflets. Through many years of integrated research we know a great deal about how these shapes arise but what of the more complex cup-shaped traps of carnivorous plants? In this talk I will explore the concepts behind fundamental research that aims at understanding the basic rules of plant development and diversity.

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Decoding Communication Between Roots & Shoots

Dr Christine Faulkner (Research Leader of Crop Genetics at the John Innes Centre)

How would you send signals around your body if you didn’t have a nervous system or blood? Plants have neither of these and yet can rapidly signal around their bodies to communicate that a leaf or root is under attack from a pathogen, or is experiencing environmental stress. Signals triggered by a pathogen attack can prime the rest of the plant against imminent invasion. Our research into these signals and how they spread not only answers questions about the basics of intercellular communication in plants, but also equips us to exploit these signals to enhance plant defence against pathogens.

17
May

19:00 - 21:30

The York Tavern 1 Leicester Street,
Norwich NR2 2AS


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