Wiess School of Natural Sciences Rice Science Café: "The Surprising Behavior of Plants"


Despite their tranquil and inanimate appearance, plants are remarkably active in perception of and response to the environment. Plants feel touch and wind, and change their development in response. Plants, including after-harvest fruits and vegetables, use an internal clock to predict when insects are likely to eat and activate defenses to protect themselves and deter the pests. These findings lead to new ideas for improved storage of fruits and vegetables that may enhance human health value.

Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is the featured speaker.



The Black Labrador
4100 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006


Admission is free.
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