Plant Communication

With spectral filtering Dr. Lorenzo Borghi captures the far-red perception of plants.

Plants as sessile beings need to interpret and communicate with their surroundings to establish successful development strategies. Among the others, plants can perceive far-red light (700-900 nm), invisible to humans, reflected by leaves and absorbed by water. By the red/far-red amounts they quantify, plants can spot photosynthetic competitors in their area and find the best path to light.
At this Science Trail Dr. Lorenzo Borghi will demonstrate us how plants see, how they communicate above ground and how he can capture plants vision with his camera. Afterwards Dr. Lorenzo Borghi, Christian Gübeli and Prof. Martinoia introduce us to the ways of plant communication below ground in the Institute of Plant Biology.

date and time: 26 February 2015 at 5.30 pm.

meeting point: front of the tropical houses at the Botanical Garden, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zurich

After the Science Trail all participants are invited for an informal gathering at the beautiful villa at the botanical garden.