Genes to beans: polyploidy on a plate. Michael Faraday 2015 Prize lecture
February 10, 2016
Kathy Wills will deliver the 2015 Michael Faraday prize lecture at the Royal Society, London on Feb 11th at 6.30.
Kathy’s overview of the talk (from the RGS website):
“From the food on our plates to the greens in our garden, many plants share one extraordinary characteristic – they contain two, three or even ten copies of their entire genetic code in each of their cells. This so called ‘polyploidy’ crams cells full of DNA and not only gives us weird and wonderful looking plants, but almost all of the plants we eat, every day.
Far from just providing us with enormous fruit and veg, polyploidy will help us take on great global challenges including food security, climate change and the development of climate-smart, resilient ecosystems.”
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