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School Seminar-Prof Alison Smith

03/02/2016 (16:00-17:00)
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Prof Alison Smith

Host-Dr Enrique Lopez

Prof Alison Smith
John Innes Centre, Norwich

What happens in leaves at night?

Leaves are the sites of photosynthesis, the process, thanks to which solar energy drives all processes in the terrestrial biosphere, including our own life. But plants need to continue living and growing at night. What do leaves do at night? The lab of Prof. Smith, a world top 100 highly-cited biologist, at the John Innes Centre, has uncovered some of that activity, and has revealed that plant leaf cells have a surprising ability to make accurate arithmetic calculations to finely adjust their metabolism to varying requirements. Her talk will present past and ongoing work in this important area.



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