Plants Under Glass: The history of house plants

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Orlando de Lange, SoundBio Lab and Ada's present Plants Under Glass: The history of house plants, and how we got to the Amazon Spheres.

It's odd that their shapes are the most surprising thing about the Amazon spheres. How did it become normal to find tropical plants growing in cold places like Seattle, in climate controlled enclosures for our viewing pleasure? Hear about the twists and turns of history and botany that got us to where we are today, and how it relates to the houseplants that fill your apartment.

\Speaker: Orlando de Lange, Plant Molecular Biologist at UW and parent to many happy houseplants.

Arriving in Seattle from the UK, by way of Germany, presenter Orlando de Lange now spends his days researching plant immune systems at the University of Washington. By night, weekend, and any other free time he can be found at SoundBio, a community lab space in the University District where he leads a team of intrepid amateur plant scientists. The group, called The Oxalis Project (TOP), is using the humble Oxalis plants as a gateway to learning about DNA barcoding, micropropagation, plant hormone responses and much more. Get involved by emailing, and by coming to the event!


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