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Science Café to address global change and agricultural productivity Feb. 4

One of the many issues our Earth faces is food security. The need to produce enough food globally has been an ongoing concern, especially in recent years.

David Rosenthal is an assistant professor in Ohio University’s Department of Environmental and Plant Biology where he studies the response of photosynthesis to environmental change. How will this response affect agricultural productivity? These are questions that Rosenthal will address at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

“One underlying aspect of global climate change is increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide. It affects some plants significantly more than others. This is why the pollution from your car can potentially increase agriculture productivity,” Rosenthal said.

Two specific plants Rosenthal will discuss are corn and soybeans and how they are affected by carbon dioxide and climate change. Globally, these are two of the most important fundamental crops in terms of caloric intake.

Science Cafés are a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions will win a free T-shirt.

The program is supported by the Ohio University Office the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Sigma Xi.

For a full schedule of 2014-15 speakers, visit: http://www.ohio.edu/sigmaxi/sciencecafe/.