“Bioprospecting in the Andean Highlands” by Siva Velivelli

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October 7, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
SMA Hall, Cork
SMA Hall

Tue 7th Oct – “Bioprospecting in the Andean Highlands” by Siva Velivelli – Biological Earth & Environmental Sciences UCC
The Central Andean Highlands are the centre of origin of the potato plant (Solanum tuberosum). Ages of mutualism between potato plants and soil bacteria in this region support the hypothesis that Andean soils harbour interesting plant growth-promoting bacteria. In this lecture, Siva takes us on a journey from the Andean Highlands to his UCC laboratory, toward the development of more sustainable growing systems using plant growth-promoting natural microbial resources.

Cross section of potato varities showing variation in shape, skin, colour and pattern of insides

Selection of potato varieties from Andes

Feel free to donate plants for our plant sale events on 4 November and 7 April.
Plant raffle held during the night.
New members welcome!