Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera

May 16, 2015

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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An Ernst Conservation Seeds Native Plant Lecture

William Cullina: Saturday, May 16, FREE
Sugar, Sex, and Poison: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera

Everything directly or indirectly eats plants. As a result, plants have developed an incredible arsenal of chemicals, camouflage, spines, hairs, and waxes to discourage herbivores. On the other hand, they spend a huge amount of their energy on pollen, nectar, edible fruits, and sugary root exudates designed to attract and nourish animals, insects, fungi, and bacteria so they can perform services for the plant – such as pollination, seed dispersal, defense, and nutrient acquisition. In this talk, Bill Cullina will show how this world of pollen, pigments, pheromones, sugars, and sex translates to sound organic practices that we can all benefit from.

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