A Virtual Talk from Sonoma Land Trust: Join UC Berkeley PhD candidate Lorenzo Washington for Sonoma Land Trust’s Language of the Land presentation, A Peek Into the Wood-Wide Web: How Plants and Fungi Communicate Underground. We will explore the relationships between trees, other plants and fungi that hinge on cooperation instead of competition to improve their odds of survival. Located in soil everywhere, these extensive underground communication networks play crucial roles within ecosystems and can provide new strategies for agricultural cultivation.
Lorenzo Washington is a PhD Candidate in Dr. Henrik Scheller’s lab at the Plant & Microbial Biology Dept of UC Berkeley, receiving his BS in Bioenvironmental Sciences from Texas A&M in 2018. He studies how the plant cell wall and membrane influence the establishment and regulation of relationships with beneficial microbes in the root system. Progress in this research area can help illuminate the complex world of mutualistic plant-microbial relationships, shift our understanding of plant life to a community focus, and potentially introduce new sustainable solutions to modern agriculture.
Always having a passion for the sciences, but rarely seeing a face like his doing any of it, inspires Lorenzo’s commitment to outreach and science education. He hopes his efforts can help bridge the divide that has formed between the sciences and the public as well as engender his same passion in other people from historically excluded backgrounds.
Register here: https://sonomalandtrust.zoom.us/webinar/register/8416299495546/WN_i_ADbi_FRMORYmdRZCFMng