Day 2

Wednesday 14 October 2020, 13:00 – 16:50 (UTC +1h)

This event has taken place but you can view day two of of the symposium on YouTube

Session 3: Plant and fungal uses – how can we maximise the use of plant and fungal diversity to meet global challenges?

Chair: Dr Paul Wilkin – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

13:00 – 13:20            
Dr Mary Suzan Abbo
 – Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), Makerere University, Uganda
Plant power: Opportunities and challenges for meeting sustainable energy needs from the plant and fungal kingdoms              

13:20 – 13:40            
Prof Michael Heinrich 
– University College London, UK
Medicinal and food plants: From local resources to global commodities –opportunities and challenges

13:40 – 14:00            
Dr James Borrell – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
The climatic challenge: Which plants will people use in the next century?

14:00 – 14:20            
Prof Ian A. Graham FRS
– University of York, UK
From medicinal crops to synthetic biology: Maximising the use of plant (and fungal) diversity to meet global health challenges

14:20 – 14:40            
Q&A panel discussion

Session 4: Genomics – how do we embrace novel approaches to studying plant and fungal biodiversity?

Chair: Dr Paul Kersey – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

15:10 – 15:30            
Prof Anne Osbourn FRS OBE – John Innes Centre, UK
Finding drugs in the garden: Harnessing plant metabolic diversity

15:30 – 15:50            
Prof Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht 
– University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Using genomics to study an early-diverging charismatic fungus: The insect-destroyer Entomophthora muscae

15:50 – 16:10            
Dr Ilia J. Leitch 
– Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Embracing novel genomic approaches to study plant biodiversity: Insights from across the genomic scale – from genes to the whole genome level

16:10 – 16:30            
Dr Alexander S. T. Papadopulos – Bangor University, UK
Genomics and the future of plant and fungal diversity

16:30 – 16:50            
Q&A panel discussion

Day 3: Thursday 15 October 2020

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