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Science On Tap - X-Ray Imaging in Plant Biology: Seeing the Unseen
Aug 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6 PM

We’re all familiar with how X-rays allow doctors to get detailed views inside their patients to find out what’s going on without having to actually cut people open. Scientists can also use x-rays to look inside plants to study things like disease resistance, drought tolerance, and advanced breeding technologies without having to cut open or damage the plants. Using this non-destructive imaging technology we can see the unseen, such as ears and tassels of corn as they develop inside the stalk, roots as they grow in the soil, or flowers and buds as they develop into fruits or grains.


At this Science on Tap research scientist Keith Duncan talk about how x-ray imaging is a great benefit to plant science research, and can help us to find safe, effective, and sustainable ways to grow plants using fewer inputs like water, fertilizers, and pesticides.

$15 General Admission
$8 Students w/ ID
Science On Tap | 7:00 PM
Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge! more >>>
Keith Duncan | 7:00 PM
25+ years studying fungal plant pathogens with microscopy, now into X-ray imaging at the Danforth Plant Science Center. US-Aussie citizen. Rush music fan. more >>>