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Warren Herb Wagner Virtual Guest Lecture in Plant Evolution: Untangling the cryptic biology of the world’s largest flowers

Chuck Davis, Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Curator of Vascular Plants, Harvard University Herbaria
Thursday, January 20, 2022
4:00-5:00 PM
Charles Davis is Professor of Biology at Harvard University and Curator of Vascular Plants at the Harvard University Herbaria. He uses collections-oriented and phylogenetic research to investigate plant evolution and ecology in a variety of tropical and temperate clades.

Parasitic plants have remained a great mystery in the flowering plant tree of life. Among the most iconic and bizarre are the Rafflesiaceae, which produce the world’s largest flowers. I will illustrate our efforts to untangle evolutionary relationships of this charismatic family, expose the developmental underpinnings of their massive flowers, and reveal the genomic basis of extreme plant parasitism.

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Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Off Campus Location
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Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: AEM Featured, Biosciences, Bsbsigns, Research, science
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