Cafe Science Dundee: HOW DOES YOUR BARLEY GROW?

McKim, S. (Speaker)

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Description

Cafe Science Dundee is a place where you can have conversations about science over coffee. Come along to one of our informal events to explore the latest ideas in science, engineering, maths and technology. We provide a forum for debating science issues and to making science accountable. Events last an hour and are usually a 20-30 minute presentation followed by your chance to ask questions and join the discussion.

Cereals provide more calories to the human diet than any other source. And grain from cereals such as barley are also critical for brewing and distilling, especially of whisky, our most valuable export.

But we are only just beginning to understand how cereal crops grow and develop, and how this can affect the quality and amount of grain produced. To help us learn more, we’re looking at the genes of barley plants, using approaches developed here in Dundee.

Dr. Sarah McKim is using these tools in her research to identify and learn more about the genes controlling barley development. She will discuss insights from her research and how we can use this knowledge to help improve the barley we grow.
Period20 May 2019
Degree of RecognitionLocal