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We encounter plants every day: whether it is in parks, wild forests, or in the simple pleasure of landscaping our homes. But do we truly understand them? Join us as local scientists reveal how DNA modification can improve our agricultural skills and answer the question: do plants have jetlag?
Eat, sleep, wave, repeat: the wonderful world of circadian rhythms in plants!
Humans, insects, plants and fungi; we all belong to one planet which spins on its axis bringing with it daily ~24h patterns of light and temperature. All these organisms have in-built timekeeping mechanisms known as circadian clocks which allow them to track these natural cycles. Come along to hear answers to such questions as: How does a plant tell the time? Why are circadian clocks important to plant health? Do all plant clocks tick at the same rate? And can you give a plant jetlag!?
To infinity and beyond with DNA editing
Domestication of plants for agriculture limited the genetic diversity in our crops, leaving them vulnerable to diseases and environmental factors. Engineering crop genes (known as gene editing) can help us beat these problems. Gene editing can also improve the precision of plant breeding and open new venues for applications like improving crop productivity or using crops as edible vaccines!