May 03, 2013

Jeanette Grider

John Dwyer Lecture in Biology

Event Details: 4:00 p.m., May 06, Missouri Botanical Garden, Schoenberg Auditorium (Shaw entrance)

The Department of Biology at Saint Louis University will host the 2013 John Dwyer Public Lecture in Biology at 4 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the Shoenberg Auditorium at the Missouri Botanical Garden, a valued partner in the annual lecture series. The event is free and open to the public.

Allison Miller, Ph.D.

Allison Miller, Ph.D., associate biology professor at SLU and a research associate with the Missouri Botanical Garden, will present "Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Perennial Crops and Their Wild Relatives."

Miller steps in for Professor Kingsley Dixon, Research Director at Kings Park and Botanical Garden in Perth, Western Australia, who had to cancel unexpectedly.

Lecture Abstract

As concerns mount about a changing climate, a growing population, and impacts of agriculture on the landscape, interest in sustainable agriculture has focused attention on perennial crops, which offer promising options for food production while decreasing environmental impacts.

Spotlighting three perennials with local connections (horseradish, pecan, and grape), I will discuss ongoing research related to perennial crop evolution, including geographic origins, evolution of reproductive systems, and the genetic basis of temperature and drought stress.

These studies will be used to highlight basic research in perennial crops and their wild relatives, and its applications in crop improvement and the conservation of crop genetic resources.

About the John Dwyer Lecture in Biology

The John Dwyer Lectures in Biology were started by the family of the late John Dwyer (1915-2005) who served the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University for 32 years, teaching a wide number of courses.

Dwyer was the first to teach Spring Flora of the Ozarks at the Biology Field Station, and he also served as chairperson of the department for a period.

He is best known for his work clarifying and identifying species of tropical plants with potential for medicine and industry. The lecture series began shortly after his retirement in 1985 and lecture topics tend to reflect his many interests in plant biology,

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