Dr. Martienssen asks:
--Can we breed better biofuels? Could duckweed—a plant growing in NYC’s ponds and parklands— be supercharged to become an efficient source of energy?
--What’s the story behind King Corn? How exactly was maize—the most widely grown crop in the U.S.—created in Ancient Mesoamerica from a native grass that looks almost nothing like corn?
--What does biotechnology have to do with food security and climate change? Could the sequencing of plant genomes and a fundamental understanding of “jumping genes” lead to the production of higher-yielding crops that consume fewer resources?
Before & After
--Groove to tunes inspired by pistils and stamens
--Try our cocktail of the night, the Planter’s Punch (pow!)
--Stick around for the cultivated Q&A
This edition of the Secret Science Club meets Wednesday, August 24 at 8 p.m. @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn, p: 718.643.6510 Subway: F or G to 4th Ave; R to 9th St.
No cover. Just bring your smart self!
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+