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2019 Rutherford Memorial Lecture: Dame Ottoline Leyser

2019 Rutherford Memorial Lecture: Dame Ottoline Leyser

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When:

  • Wed 15 May ’19, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where:

MTG Hawke's Bay, 1 Tennyson St, Napier

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $0.00

Website:

MTG Hawke's Bay

2019 Rutherford Memorial Lecture: Dame Ottoline Leyser by Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Thinking like a vegetable: how plants decide what to do.

It’s easy to imagine that plants don’t do much if we equate action with movement. But plants are as busy of the rest of us, assessing their surroundings and changing their activity accordingly.

All the time they are balancing competing needs, such as whether to invest limited resources in roots or shoots. Plants make these decisions without the benefit of a brain instead using a sophisticated distributed processing system. Understanding how plants decide what to do has important implications for agriculture.

About the speaker:
Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS, University of Cambridge, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory aims to understand how plants adjust their growth and development to suit the environmental conditions in which they are growing.

In particular, she is studying how plants change the number of shoot branches they produce depending on factors such as nutrient supply and damage to the main shoot. She is particularly interested in the roles and mechanisms of action of plant hormones such as auxin.

One of her discoveries — the auxin receptor — has helped to explain how hormone signals shape the response of a plant to its environment. She began studying the growth of shoots in the 1980s in Arabidopsis, which at the time was an emerging model for plant biology.

Ottoline was awarded a CBE in 2009 in recognition of her pioneering work in plant science. In parallel to her research, and in conjunction with the Royal Society London, she collated Mothers in Science: 64 Ways to Have it All (PDF), a book that highlights how female scientists have successfully combined parenting with their research careers.

The 2019 New Zealand Rutherford Memorial Lecture is proudly presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with The Royal Society London, and with thanks to Auckland Museum Institute.

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