University of Bath

Bread, wine and cheese: evolution of the plant species we eat

Learn about human history and rapid evolutionary change during this public lecture.

28 Jun 20174.30pm
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28 Jun 20175.30pm
Free
Bread, wine and cheese: evolution of the plant species we eat
Professor Michael Purugganan will talk about the evolution of the plant species we eat

Come along to this public lecture by Visiting Professor and acting Global Chair of the Milner Centre for Evolution, Professor Michael Purugganan.

Michael is a leading expert in evolutionary, ecological and functional genomics of plants. He will talk about his research into the process of plant domestication and how whole genome sequencing is used to understand the origin and diversification of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) and rice.

Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution, Professor Laurence Hurst said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Professor Purugganan to Bath. He has transformed our understanding of the domestication of many of the world's most important foods.

"This is not simply of interest to those interested in human history, but as Darwin first realised, it provides for a model system to understand rapid evolutionary change.”

A free drinks reception will follow the talk in the 4 West Atrium.