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Secret conversations between plants and fungi beneath our feet

Sunday 17 March: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday 23 March: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 24 March: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, CB2 1JE

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL NOT RUN ON SATURDAY 16 MARCH DUE TO HIGH WINDS

Researchers from the Cambridge University Department of Plant Sciences will be at the Botanic Garden during the Science Festival, showcasing their research on the below-ground interactions between plants and their beneficial fungal partners, also known as mycorrhizae. Since its foundation, Cambridge University Botanic Garden has been a focus and stimulus for science in the University.

This research showcase aims to engage visitors to the Garden with the relatively unexplored, yet vital relationships between plants and below ground organisms. Plants would not have been able to emerge onto land approximately 470 million years ago, without the help of mycorrhizae and most plants surviving today are still dependent on their fungal partners in various ways.

Our understanding of these relationships is in its infancy. The latest discoveries in this exciting field will be on display, along with opportunities to engage with the Plants and Chemicals Exploration Trail which will be launching in the Garden at the same time, to mark the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Please note, the session on Wednesday 20 March has now, unfortunately, been cancelled.

Booking Information

No need to book.

Accessibility

Full access

Additional Information

Age: 11+, Hands-on, Exhibition, Drop in, Normal garden admission charges apply

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