3 December 2015

DIY Evolution - A Historian's Guide to Amateur Plant Breeding

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SCI's Cambridge and Great Eastern Group & RSC

Pfizer Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

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Synopsis
You might not think of gardening as science. But home gardeners have long been enthusiasts for experimentation of all kinds, and gardens have often doubled as experimental laboratories.

Helen Anne Curry will describe the efforts of amateur gardeners to create their own new varieties of flowers, fruits, and vegetables throughout the twentieth century, using techniques taken straight from the latest in genetics research. These include everything from straightforward techniques such as selection and hybridization to more unusual approaches such as X-raying seeds, spraying shoots with toxic chemicals, and exposing flower buds to radioisotopes.

You might even get inspired to try your own hand at evolution!
Venue and Contact

Cambridge University

Pfizer Lecture Theatre
Department of Chemistry
Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Please click here for a location map.

John O'Toole email or Ester Monfort phone.

Tel: 0207 598 1584

Email: john.otoole9@btopenworld.com


Fees
Free & open to the public.

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