Dr Chris Whitewoods, Sainsbury Lab, 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.
Most plants have flat leaves that have evolved to capture the maximum amount of light for photosynthesis. However, from these flat beginnings, carnivorous plants have evolved cup-shaped leaves to trap prey and access a new source of food. Despite our ongoing fascination with carnivorous plants, we don’t really understand how they evolved such complex cup-shaped traps from simple flat leaves. In this talk Chris will show how he uses Utricularia gibba, a carnivorous bladderwort, to investigate this problem using developmental analysis, genetic manipulation and computational modelling. Find out how work in such an unusual plant is helping us understand how flat leaves grow.
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?
13 June – Dr Alejandra Guerrero, Department of Plant Sciences – Using Biotechnology to obtain plant pigments without plants
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