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The Wonderful World of Plants

This venue has step free access and accessible toilets.
Past event - 2024
13 May Doors open at 7.00 pm
Event runs from 7.30-9.30 pm
Hornton Grange (Edgbaston Park Hotel), 53 Edgbaston Park Road,
Birmingham B15 2RS
Have you ever wondered why more stress tolerant plants make less stable offspring? Or how genetic therapy for crops could be a key tool in ensuring food security in the future? In the first of two plant-themed nights, join us as we journey into the wonderful world of plants!

Why do more stress tolerant plants make less stable offspring? 

Dr Robyn Emmerson (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
When plants experience decreases in a marker called DNA methylation, they become far more tolerant to stresses such as high temperatures, drought, and high light. When DNA methylation is almost completely removed, the plants because highly tolerant to stress but experience a loss in their ability to produce seeds. The plants grown from any seed produced are extremely unhappy and even worse at producing seed, and this continues until the plants are sterile. To make more stress tolerant crops, reducing DNA methylation is an attractive alternative to gene editing, but we need to understand why the plants become sterile for this to be a viable option.

Using chromosomes and genetics to ensure Food Security

Eugenio Sanchez Moran (Reader in Molecular Cytogenetics)
To provide Food Security in the near future is going to be one of the more important global challenges. Increasing population, pollution levels and the unpredictable changes on our climate will deliver serious constraints in providing enough food for our next generations. Different chromosome biology and genetic approaches can offer tools to plant breeders to harness the natural genetic variation available in our planet. This talk will explain some of these advances in chromosome biology and genetic approaches that could be used as tools to ensure Food Security.
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