Unearthing the roots of the first giant trees

G29 Mechanical and Civil Engineering Building (Y3 on the campus map)
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences
Monday 21st January 2019 (17:00-18:00)
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Jon Clatworthy, Director of the Lapworth Museum of Geology

Email: j.c.clatworthy@bham.ac.uk

Part of the Lapworth Lecture Series

Speaker: Dr Sandy Hetherington, University of Oxford

Coal swamps were the carbon burial factories of the Carboniferous period, forming huge coal deposits and driving climate cooling. The Carboniferous forests were also home to the first giant (>50 m) trees to grow on the planet – the tree clubmosses. The talk will describe how new investigations of old fossil collections led to a new reconstruction of the rooting systems of these giant trees. Alongside work with fossils the talk will describe how examining gene expression in the closest living relatives of the tree clubmosses is enabling us to make predictions about the genes that controlled the rooting systems of these Carboniferous giants.

Please note: All are welcome to attend and there is no admission charge