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Plant Biologist, Dr. Crispin Taylor, to Speak at MC-Rockville Thursday, October 14

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Category: MC Events

Published: Oct 12 2010 12:13AM

Topic: Why Study Plants: Plant Biology Growing in Importance and Impact
SEM Exchange scheduled on October 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in TC 136

Speaker: Dr. Crispin Taylor, executive director, American Society of Plant Biologists (

Without plants and other photosynthetic organisms, the world would be a very different place. There would be no oxygen to breathe, few materials to build with, and precious little usable energy. Since they first evolved over 3-billion years ago, plants have harnessed the sun's energy and converted it into useful chemical forms, producing our planet's oxygen-rich atmosphere in the process. Plants are the primary producers in the vast majority of Earth's ecosystems, and almost all life depends on them. Indeed all of the energy that powers our bodies - and much of the energy that drives our societies - comes to us via plants.

The speaker will begin his presentation by developing these themes and articulating the many vital reasons, practical and otherwise, to study and understand plants. Building on his own experiences, he will continue by sharing information and perspective on career tracks in plant biology and science more generally. He will conclude with an illustration of the many roles played by professional scientific organizations like the American Society of Plant Biologist in improving education; enhancing public understanding of science; and fostering diversity, discovery and innovation.

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