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Plants Are Weird: Epigenetics, Journalism, and the Alien Beauty of Botany Actions

Topic: Plenary Address: Plants Are Weird: Epigenetics, Journalism, and the Alien Beauty of Botany by Dr. Carl Zimmer

Plants are a spectacularly successful lineage of life that is the subject of huge amounts of scientific research. And yet science journalism leaves botany under-reported. One of the chief reasons for this neglect is anthropocentrism (or, by extension, zoocentrism). Plant biology is so different from our own that it is hard to find a point of commonality. In this talk, I will present epigenetics in animals and plants as a case study of how journalists need to do better at writing about botany.

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Plants Are Weird: Epigenetics, Journalism, and the Alien Beauty of Botany

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