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Jonathan Wendel

Date & Location: November 16, 2020, at 4p; Virtual visit

Subject: The wondrous cycles of polyploidy in plants

Host: Jiming Jiang

About the Speaker

University: Iowa State University

Research Interests: Dr. Wendel's research focuses on mechanisms underlying the means by which flowering plant genomes and phenotypes diversify, with a special focus on the phenomenon of genome doubling, or polyploidy. Most of his ~270 publications focus on the cotton genus (Gossypium), in which two diploid and two polyploid species were each independently domesticated thousands of years ago. This nature evolutionary and early human history provide a model framework for exploring the comparative basis of domestication, the origin of form and of diversity in nature, and the evolutionary consequences of genome doubling.