Special Closure

Due to the 58th Presidential Inauguration, the U.S. Botanic Garden will be closed January 18-21, 2017. We will reopen at 10 a.m. on January 22.

Lecture: Bananas: Botany, History, Agriculture, and Future

Event Date: 
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Todd Brethauer, USBG Science Education Volunteer
Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world and a major food staple for hundreds of millions of people in the tropics. Join Todd as he traces the 7,000-year journey of the banana from the jungles of Southeast Asia to your breakfast table. Learn how humans have guided the development of the banana for many different uses--dessert, plantains, fiber, and beer. In the American grocery store, we see only a tiny fraction of the varieties that are grown around the world. Explore how knowledge of the genome of one of the wild ancestors of cultivated bananas helps breeders counter new fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases that threaten production.

DATE: Saturday, February 4
TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required