Public Lecture: Oil palm and the rainforest - Genome sequencing for sustainability
|Please join us for a public lecture:
Oil palm and the rainforest - Genome sequencing for sustainability
with CSHL Professor Rob Martienssen, Ph.D.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Oil palm is one of the world's key commercial crops - the fruit and seeds of the oil palm are the source of nearly one-half of the supply of edible vegetable oil worldwide, and provide one of the most promising sources of biofuel. But as demand for the product has grown, rainforests, particularly those in South East Asia, have suffered. Trees have been felled to make way for the crop.
Now though, we have insight into the plant's genes and their link to greater sustainability.
A multinational team of scientists, including Dr. Rob Martienssen at CSHL, has identified a single gene that regulates yield of the oil palm tree.
Please join us for a "high yield" discussion!
UPDATE - SEE THE LECTURE HERE:
Short lecture preview - http://youtu.be/zNtrUzix3H8
Full-length lecture - http://youtu.be/b9Dj-MKgBkc
Rob Martienssen, Ph.D.
Professor and HHMI Investigator
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dr. Rob Martienssen leads the plant biology group at CSHL, where he focuses on epigenetic mechanisms that shape and regulate the genome, and their impact on development and inheritance.
This lecture is free and open to the public.