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Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
The 2021 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium: Day 1
Plant Symbiosis: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated

The Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden will hold the 2021 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “Plant symbiosis: the good, the bad, and the complicated,” virtually, on May 13th and 14th.

Plants, like all organisms, exist in collaboration and competition with other life forms. As primary producers, plants form the basis of most food webs. In many cases, they also depend on insects, vertebrate animals, bacteria, and/or fungi to survive and reproduce. Sometimes, these interactions are especially close and long lasting and such symbioses are among the most fascinating relationships in the natural world. The 18th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium will explore current research in the diversity of plant symbioses, examining the relationships plants have with insects, fungi, bacteria, and even other plants. Each day’s session will culminate with a virtual panel Q&A session. Speakers will include botanists, ecologists, microbiologists, and geneticists, whose research unravels the complicated relationships that plants have with their collaborators and competitors in the natural world.

Schedule for Thursday, May 13, 2021 (Eastern Time)
Please note that times are approximate.
1:00 pm - Welcome and presentation of the José Cuatrecasas Medal
1:15 pm - Naomi Pierce, "Context dependent evolution of the African ant acacia, Vachellia drepanolobium, and its multitude of symbionts"
1:35 pm - Jay Bolin, "Hydnora from fungus to foul flower: the natural history of the strangest plants in the world"
1:55 pm - Posy Busby, "Assembly and function of the leaf microbiome"
2:15 pm - Panel discussion

May 13, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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