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Five microfungi that changed the world

Ottawa Research and Development Centre Speaker Series: “Five microfungi that changed the world” with Dr. Keith Seifert

Have you ever wondered what’s growing in the fields of the Central Experimental Farm (CEF)? Now’s your chance to find out!

To celebrate the 150th birthdays of both Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), expert scientists from the Ottawa Research and Development Centre (ORDC) are hosting a monthly speaker series between now and November to talk about the research work they do in the fields and labs on the CEF. The talks take place on Thursday evenings from 7-8p.m. in Salons A and B of the K.W. Neatby Building, 960 Carling Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

Date and topic for November 9, 2017:

“Five microfungi that changed the world” with Dr. Keith Seifert

  • Join us for a scientific, social, historical, and sometimes funny exploration of the world of microfungi. Learn how zombie fungi continue to save the lives of thousands of people all over the world; How a disease affecting turkey flocks in the United Kingdom revealed a surprising mystery behind soya sauce production in Asia; How the discovery of penicillin affected the outcome of the Second World War; and Why you should think about fungal spores when you look out the airplane window. Along the way, we will also discuss food and drink, potatoes and chili peppers, and why some cultures prefer tea to coffee.
  • Scientist Profile: Dr. Keith Seifert is research scientist in Environmental Health, specializing in the identification and classification of moulds, especially those producing toxins in crops and foods. He is currently the President of the International Mycological Association and is known for his humorous and philosophical touch as a speaker.