Science on Sundays: Potent chemicals on the move @ Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge [15 April]

Science on Sundays: Potent chemicals on the move

11:00 - 14:30

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden
1 Brookside, CB2 1JE Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Join Dr Alexander Jones, Research Group Leader in the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge for this second talk in the Science on Sunday series: «Potent chemicals on the move — seeing plant hormones in action»

Dr Jones will explain that hormones in plants act much like they do in me or you – they are small chemicals that move about and reprogram cellular activities, even when present in tiny amounts. Whether it’s coordinating the growth of roots with shoots, closing air pores when soil is dry, or finding just the right time to sprout or flower, hormones influence nearly all aspects of plant physiology and development.

But where in the plant are these chemicals made? Where do they go? And precisely what do they do when they get there? This talk will explain how new technologies are helping to bring the answers to these questions into focus by visualizing these chemicals as they move about a living plant.

Our seasonal series of Science on Sundays talks run each month between March — August. They bring the latest discoveries in plant science to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell. The series is curated by the Garden's Director, Professor Beverley Glover.

Science on Sundays are free, drop-in 30 minute talks starting at 11am and repeated at 2pm, suitable for 12+. Normal Garden Admission applies.

Talks take place in the Garden Classroom. No pre-booking required.
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