Rice Science Café: "The Surprising Behavior of Plants: Powers of Perception and Resilience"
Speaker: Janet Braam, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Black Labrador Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd
Houston, Texas, USA
Despite their tranquil and inanimate appearance, plants are remarkably active in perception of and response to the environment. Plants feel touch and wind, and change their development in response. Plants, including after-harvest fruits and vegetables, use an internal clock to predict when insects are likely to eat and activate defenses to protect themselves and deter the pests. These findings lead to new ideas for improved storage of fruits and vegetables that may enhance human health value.
Come join us at the next Science Café where Dr. Braam will highlight her lab's recent research involved in uncovering the surprising behaviors of plants. Dr. Braam is Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice. Her award-winning work has been highlighted by National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the BBC, and NPR's All Things Considered and Science Friday.