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.
Far from just providing us with enormous fruit and veg, polyploidy will help us take on great global challenges including food security, climate change and the development of climate-smart, resilient ecosystems. Professor Katherine Willis, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, takes us on a fascinating journey from their genes, to our beans.
Join us at Manchester's European City of Science festival to hear Professor Willis reprise her Michael Faraday Prize lecture from earlier this year.
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