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Environmental phytotechnologies
Date(s) 10/22/2012 - 4:00 p.m.
Location Macfarlane Auditorium
Presenter Lee A. Newman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Biotechnology and Phytoremediation, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Description Abstract: When we think of plants, we think food, housing, and paper. But plants can play many other roles in our lives, sometimes without our even knowing about it. They can remediate toxic waste, they can play multiple roles in reducing carbon dioxide levels due to fossil fuel uses, and can help us to understand potential environmental toxicity issues. In this talk, we will explore some of these novel areas. Phytoremediation, or the use of plants to degrade or sequester environmental toxins, is a major part of the work that will be presented. We will also discuss plant microbe interactions, and how understanding these can help us in a variety of areas, and we will also learn how plants can play a vital role in our new energy economy. Finally, we will discuss how plants can help us to learn about potential toxicological risks related to the emerging field of nanotechnology.
Cost Free

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