X-Ray Imaging in Plant Biology: Seeing the Unseen

When: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $15* general admission
$8 students with ID (minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)
Buy Tickets Online or at the Alberta Rose box office

Food and Drink: Full Bar, hand pies, pizza rolls, and an assortment of sweets and snacks available.

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!

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 we’ll be joined by Keith Duncan, research scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, the largest independent non-profit plant science institute in the world. He’ll 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. That will help us feed the expected 8 billion humans that will inhabit the earth by 2030, and do so with declining arable land and limited available water. Remember, plant science research is only important if you want to eat, drink, wear clothes, have medicines, or breathe oxygen; other than that it’s not important.