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Lecture July 18, “Jurassic Garden: Decoding how to grow prehistoric plants” with Jeffrey Benca

On Saturday, July 18, our talk will be given by Jeffrey Benca and will be entitled “Jurassic Garden: Decoding how to grow prehistoric plants”

LOCATION: 100 GPB (Genetics and Plant Biology Building), UC Berkeley.
TIME: 11am-12:30pm.

Paleobotanist and UC graduate student Jeff Benca uses living and fossil members of ancient plant lineages to better understand the distant past. However, survivors of the 400-million year old group he studies (lycopods) have been deemed nearly impossible to grow for over a century. Learn more about these mysterious plants, and how cracking their cultivation code may have revealed a winning survival strategy.

Primitive-plant uber-geek’s heart belongs to lycopods

Lycopods, rendering by Jefferey Banca

Lycopods, rendering by Jefferey Banca

Jeff Benca (Cathy Cockrell photo)

Jeff Benca (Cathy Cockrell photo)

Jeff Benca

Jeff Benca is a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology. His dissertation focuses on the mechanism of global collapse and restructuring of plant communities during Earth’s largest mass extinction, ~252 million years ago.

This free public talk is presented as part of the monthly “Science@Cal Lecture Series”
Event Contact: scroft@astro.berkeley.edu
Webcast: Webcast. Events are recorded and typically made available a few days after the event.

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