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COS Public Lectures

Detlef Weigel,
Max Planck Institut for Developmental Biology, Tübingen

Climate in Transition - Plants in Transition

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Max Planck Institut for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Im Neuenheimer Feld 360, 69120 Heidelberg


We are living through a dramatic change in the world‘s climate. But what does that mean for wild plants and animals? Do they stand any chance at all of adapting to changing environmental conditions in so short a time? 

In his lecture, Detlef Weigel will first explain the basics of evolutionary research, including why evolution is always about compromise in order to balance contradictory demands. He will then move on to his own work and discuss predicting if and how plants might survive in the climate of the future. Finally, Mr Weigel will briefly discuss how new methods of genome editing may make it possible to modify crops to withstand the rapid change in our climate. 

One important conclusion is that species should not be viewed as a rigid entity, but that their genetic diversity – and the limits of their intra-species diversity – must be taken into account. 

This public lecture takes place in conjunction with the COS Symposium 2019.


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