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Why do plant diseases matter? Investigating the biology of a cereal killer - Talk by Prof Nick Talbot

Why do plant diseases matter? Investigating the biology of a cereal killer - Talk by Prof Nick Talbot

Tue 20 October 2020 18:00-19:00

Online Event

Join PlantSoc for a very exciting talk by Professor Nick Talbot, the Executive Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, all about crop diseases and the importance of studying plant diseases and their impact on agriculture. Professor Talbot's research focuses on the biology of plant diseases, specifically how fungi are able to invade plants and how fungi suppress plant immunity. His main contributions have been in understanding plant infection by the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, a disease that destroys up to one third of the annual global rice harvest – enough rice to feed around 60 million people. Professor Talbot will give a short presentation on the topic and then there will be an opportunity to ask any questions about both his talk and his research.

 

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