Thursday, 17 July 2014

Science Club Series - 17 July 2014

Biosciences Science ClubSeries - Summer 2014
17 July 2014 - 1pm - Zoology Museum (Wallace 129)

Ancient DNA sequencing of 5,000 year old seeds from Armenia - investigating the agricultural plant biology in the fertile crescent

Dr. Jimmy Breen

Ever heard of the Fertile Crescent? That's a region in the Middle East, where the civilizations of the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin began! And today we will have a visitor from Australia, Dr. Jimmy Breen from the University of Adelaide, who will present us some fascinating new insights obtained from applying novel DNA techniques to ancient seeds from a rather unique archeological site. 

The fertile crescent region of the near east is an important region in ancient plant and animal cultivation and domestication. In this talk I introduce a uniquely preserved archaeological site in Armenia and present recent next-generation sequencing data from late chalcolithic seed material.

Everyone most welcome, students included!

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