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From genes to beans

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Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

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Explore the plants on our plates and the food of the future with Katherine Willis.

Professor Katherine Willis

From the food on our plates to the greens in our garden, many plants share one extraordinary characteristic – they contain two, three or even ten copies of their entire genetic code in each of their cells. This so called ‘polyploidy’ crams cells full of DNA and not only gives us weird and wonderful looking plants, but almost all of the plants we eat, every day.

The Director of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Michael Faraday Prize winner Professor Katherine Willis talks about polyploidy and how it will help us take on our great global challenges.

This event is part of a series of Royal Society events taking place at the 2016 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.

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