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Who doesn’t love the spring bloom? Winter is over and temperatures are increasing. But did you know that many plants won’t flower until they have been exposed to the prolonged cold of winter? Caroline Dean will explore how plants monitor seasons and how their molecular memory systems, similar to those in our bodies, help plants sense fluctuating winter temperatures and judge when winter is over.

Dame Caroline Dean is a plant scientist working at the John Innes Centre. She is focused on understanding the molecular controls used by plants to seasonally judge when to flower. She is specifically interested in vernalisation – the acceleration of flowering in plants by exposure to periods of prolonged cold.

The Atrium cafe will be open before and after the talk. Check out the delicious menu and call 020 7670 2973 or email ri@ri.ac.uk to reserve your table.

This event will be filmed and on the Ri’s YouTube channel within a few months.