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Science and Ideas Group - Growing Plants For Food and Research in Space

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM
via Zoom - details below:
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Joseph D Evinger
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When: Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm

Where: Zoom

Meeting ID: 848 0146 1083
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Science and Ideas Group Presents

Growing Plants For Food and Research in Space

Lewis Feldman, Director of the UC Botanical Garden, joins us to discuss growing plants for food and research in space. Come hear how plants translate the physical signal of gravity, or lack thereof, into developmental responses and other fascinating details of space farming. 

Lewis Feldman is a graduate of UC Davis and received his Ph.D. from Harvard, after which he came to Berkeley on a post-doctoral fellowship. Subsequently, he joined the faculty of the UC Berkeley Department of Botany (now the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology) where he has spent his entire academic career as a Professor of Plant Biology. He is a plant developmental biologist and for his research has focused on root development. He remains involved in teaching and has served as a long-time instructor in Berkeley’s large introductory biology class, with over 750 students. His main thrust as Director of the UC Botanical Garden is to ensure that the plant collection is curated and well managed, which involves raising funds to maintain and update the facilities for caring for the plants. Additionally, as Director, he works to promote Garden activities in Conservation, Education and Research.