Plant Biology annual symposium planned

The second annual Symposium in Plant Biology will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in McConnell Hall B05, Smith College.

Presented by the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and the Five Colleges, the symposium''s focus is on "Function and Fate in Plants: Physiological Traits and Ecological Success."

Plant species have a rich and varied array of functional traits. How do these physiological differences between species translate into differences in their survival and growth, and thus structure the natural world? The question will be addressed by six speakers: Bill Davies from Lancaster University, UK; Peter Alpert from UMass Amherst; Johanna Schmitt from Brown University; Frank Berendse from Wageningen University, the Netherlands; Peter Reich from the University of Minnesota; and Philip Grime from Sheffield University, UK. Poster presentations will extend the discussion.

The symposium is free but attendees should register in advance (see below).