Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 – 10:30pm

UW Science Now: Natalie Footen: How Parasitic Plants Help Promote Biodiversity in Washington Prairies

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double feature!

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UWScienceaNatalieFootenParasitic plants are not always the bad guys. While some, such as mistletoe, attack trees and cause problems with the timber industry, Washington prairies are home to one particular endangered parasitic plant, golden paintbrush, that might even be one of the good guys. As we work to restore prairies in the Pacific Northwest, says Natalie Footen, a Ph.D. student in UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, we want to end up with a large number of native prairie plants, and a lot of biodiversity. Parasitic plants help us do this by acting like mediators and taking resources from large, dominant plants, which frees up more space for less-competitive plants to move in and grow, allowing many plants to live together in a shared space, and more species overall. Presented by Town Hall and UW’s Engage: The Science Speaker Series as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, with the University of Washington, Pacific Science Center and University Book Store. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Advance tickets are $5 at www.townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 8:30 pm. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Double feature! Your ticket to this event also gains entry to Mario Livio: Brilliant Scientific Blunders at 7:30 pm.
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