Speaker : Vera Velasco – McMaster University, Department of Biology, Graduate Student with Dr. Elizabeth Weretilnyk
Title : “Tolerating low phosphorus: lessons from a Yukon plant”
Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for plants with deficiencies severely reducing crop yields. Most soil is P deficient necessitating the application of fertilizers but global P deposits are in decline. Research using low-P tolerant native plants like Eutrema salsugineum is revealing remarkable traits that should improve P use by crops.
Speaker : Dr. Barbara Zielinski – University of Windsor, Department of Biological Sciences
Title : “Through the looking glass to see what lamprey chemosensory cells are found there”
Sea lampreys utilize chemical senses for feeding, migration and spawning. This basal vertebrate has a main olfactory system, an accessory olfactory subsystem, a taste system and even a solitary cell chemosensory system. The goal of this presentation is to look at the structure and function of the cells that participate in this chemosensory input.