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Asking the plant about what's important in plant-herbivore interactions

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The yeast genome was fully sequenced almost two decades ago and yet we still don’t understand the function of approximately a fifth of its genes. This observation doesn’t bode well for the likelihood of meeting NSF ’s goal of understanding the function of all plant genes by 2010, given their five-fold larger genomes. This talk will describe a graduate training program established at the Dept of Molecular Ecology at the MPICOE to train scientists to identify genes that are required for the function of plants in complex environments. The talk will highlight some of the students’ recent research findings in how a native plant defends itself from attack from herbivores without wreaking havoc with the plant’s mutualistic associations with pollinators and natural enemies.

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

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