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Science and Ideas Group
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Ashby Village Office
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
RSVP: Not required
When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3:00-5:00 pm
Where: Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
Open to: All
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Join a dynamic group of individuals who enjoy sharing and discussing science-focused topics. Each month the group selects a new topic to focus on via their online email forum. Speakers and/or readings often support the lively discussions.
PLANTS, BUGS, AND MOLECULES: THE CHEMISTRY OF PLANTS AND INSECTS
Dr. Margareta Séquin, emerita, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, San Francisco State University will introduce the subject of her recent book,The Chemistry of Plants and Insects: Plants, Bugs, and Molecules.
Plants and insects communicate in numerous ways, and chemistry plays a key role in these communications. Natural compounds determine whether a plant is consumed by insects or avoided by them, or which insects may pollinate its flowers, as well as many other processes.
With her enthusiastic and accessible way of connecting chemistry with plants and insects, Dr. Séquin presents organic compounds in a motivating, understandable context that captures the interest of people who would like a deeper understanding of the natural world. Her presentation and book are aimed at non-chemists who enjoy observing plants and insects during walks in the outdoors or while visiting botanical gardens and other nature areas.
Monthly areas of focus will be posted here once finalized.