Dr Alejandra Guerrero, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
Science on Sundays is a programme of free, informal, monthly science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science, as well as research linked to the plant collection at CUBG, to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
In this talk, Dr. Alejandra Guerrero will show how we use biotechnology to produce plant pigments without plants.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden has a large and diverse collection of plants that show specific colour patterns due to the expression of different pigments such as betalains. These pigments present health-promoting effects thanks to their antioxidant, antitumoral or anti-inflammatory activities. Taking advantage of their great properties requires big spaces to culitivate a large number of plants and optimal environmental conditions for their growth. However the demand for these pigments has driven the development of a fast, simple method to obtain them.
Science on Sundays
A programme of free, informal, monthly science talks bringing the latest discoveries in plant science, as well as research linked to the plant collection at CUBG to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
Normally, these talks take place in the Garden on the second Sunday of the month as a drop in session. However, as access to the Garden classroom is still restricted this year due to COVID-19, we will be running these talks as online webinars until such time as we can open the classroom to visitors again.
Please check the website and social media for updates.
Suitable for adults and children aged 12+
Talks run monthly March to August
14 March – Prof David Coomes, Department of Plant Sciences – Planting trees to save the planet: greenwashing or golden opportunity?
11 April – Dr Johannes Kromdijk, Department of Plant Sciences – How has evolution fine-tuned the C4 photosynthetic turbo-charger?
9 May – Dr Chris Whitewoods, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge – From simple beginnings—understanding the origin of carnivorous plant traps
11 July – Dr Lauren Gardiner, Curator of the Cambridge University Herbarium, Department of Plant Sciences – Opening the book of (plant) life
8 August – Dr Julia Mackenzie, Anglia Ruskin University – Raising a brood in the Botanic Garden: The trials and tribulations of blue tits and great tits