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Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
The 2021 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium: Day 2
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 Friday, May 14, 2021 (Eastern Time)
Please note that times are approximate.
1:00 pm - Welcome
1:10 pm - Leonora Bittleston, "Convergent interactions in carnivorous pitcher plant microcosms"
1:30 pm - Dong Wang, "Indentured servitude: host control of intracellular bacteria in the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis"
1:50 pm - Manuela Dal Forno, "The lichen dilemma: unveiling diversity in multi-species symbioses"
2:10 pm - Panel discussion

May 14, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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