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An Overview of Plant Structural Colour

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Structural colours are well known in the animal kingdom, where they are responsible for striking colours such as a peacock’s elaborate tail, the iridescent wing casings of a scarab beetle, and the vivid blue wings of a Morpho butterfly. However, structural colour in the plant kingdom has rarely been studied and is poorly understood. While it was originally thought to be a rare occurence in plants, we have so far identified structural colour in about half of the orders of flowering plants. Using a combination of optical analyses, molecular biology, phylogenetics and insect vision experiments, we will shed light on the evolution of structural colour in plants.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Research Seminars series.

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