Public Lecture

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Beyond the DNA sequence:

Plant biodiversity at the whole genome level

and why it matters

Dr Ilia Leitch, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

March 10th 2021, 18:00-19:00

Our genome is 3 billion letters long, but a fruit fly genome is only 180 million letters, and a yeast genome is 13 million – and the mistletoe genome is 100 billion (30 times human). Even in closely related species, genomes can vary widely in size – and this is especially true in plants. Why do some plants have genomes ten or a hundred times bigger than other species? What drives these differences? What does having a particularly large or small genome mean for plant evolution? To celebrate the first 18 months of the Darwin Tree of Life project – which aims to sequence the genomes of all species in Britain and Ireland to support a new era of biological investigation – we are very pleased to invite you all to an open talk from Dr Ilia Leitch from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on “Beyond the DNA sequence: Plant biodiversity at the whole genome level and why it matters.”

This talk is now available for catch-up at:

https://stream.venue-av.com/e/DToL_Public