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How DNA changed plant taxonomy – Dr Kálmán Könyves – Lecture
Thursday 20 January 2022 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
This lecture was originally planned for March 2020 but was one of the first events to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we are therefore delighted that Dr Könyvesis now able to give us this lecture.
KálmánKönyves is a botanist and horticulural taxonomist at the RHS Garden, Wisley working to ensure plants are named and classified correctly. Using molecular tools, he studies the relationship between horticulturally important plant groups in order to help stabilize their names.
Traditionally the classification and identification of plants relies on morphological characteristics. In the last 35 years, with the advent of rapid DNA amplification, a large amount of DNA data has become readily available, leading to a fundamental change in how we approach plant classification. Kálmán will give us an overview of how DNA data contributed to our understanding of plant diversity and evolution, and highlight some of the challenges through recent RHS projects.
Due to the continuing uncertainty regarding Covid-19 restrictions, the Friends’ lectures will continue to be through Zoom for the autumn. This situation will be reviewed in the light of developments including the University of Bristol confirming that their lecture theatres are once again available.
All lectures will start at 7pm. The link to the Zoom lecture will be available for each lecture nearer the time, also from Friends enews. Please note that there is a limit of 100 people which will be on a first come first served basis with no pre-booking.