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Genetic insights into plant diversity

Illustrated talk by Professor Pete Hollingsworth

Friday 17 February, 7-8pm.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle NE2 4PT.

Telling species apart can be difficult.  Some species look similar but aren’t, and sometimes closely related individuals can look different. Furthermore some plant groups and some areas of the planet have simply had inadequate attention to characterise the diversity they contain. Using examples from the UK and elsewhere, Professor Hollingsworth will summarise how DNA data is helping tell plant species apart. He will also give an overview of the International Barcode of Life project: a large-scale international initiative building a DNA reference library of life on earth.

Pete Hollingsworth is Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. (Although advertised this talk was postponed last year because of illness.)