Senior Researcher from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to Speak at Selby Gardens January 11

December 22, 2017

The public talk is included with regular admission

SARASOTA, Fla., December 22, 2017 – An internationally-regarded senior researcher from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England will discuss next month how the use of DNA mapping of plants, specifically orchids, has changed botanical studies.

Dr. Mark W. Chase specializes in plant classification and has a special interest in orchids. He recently co-authored the book Plants of the World (Kew Publishing, 2017). Chase’s presentation will chronicle how the addition of DNA research in botany has impacted plant classification and identification, at times offering a new timeline in plant evolution.

“Professor Chase is one of the most important researchers in the field of plant classification and evolution worldwide, as well as an orchid taxonomist,” said Dr. Antonio Toscano de Brito, head of the Orchid Research Center at Selby Gardens. “We are honored to have him speak at Selby Gardens where so much of our scientific work relates to one of his areas of expertise.”

The public talk is included with regular admission and will be held from Noon – 1 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 11 at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens.

Chase has been a senior researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, since 1992. His research focuses on phylogenetics and classification of plants with a special interest in orchids. He is a specialist in the Oncidium alliance (subtribe Oncidiinae) and is interested in the role of hybridization and polyploidy in the evolution of plants. Chase has published over 500 research papers, including eight books.

Selby Gardens offers monthly lectures on topics such as field work, ecosystems and exhibitions. Lectures are included with regular admission or free to members of Selby Gardens.

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic plants such as orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns and other tropical plants, with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free. Conta

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