CRAFTING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS BY LEARNING FROM PLANTS’ EVOLUTIONARY STRATEGIES

Time: 15:00 - 15:25

Date: 25 November 2020

It is not only in modern times that men are learning from plants and exploiting their virtues. Nature’s 4-billion-year-old R&D lab offers a bottomless treasure-trove of energy efficient, low-toxic and time-tested innovations. In this speech, we’ll follow one of the most representative examples of the great adaptation capabilities of a plant from the North that has been seen, ever since the ancient times, as an aid to various cultures including Greeks, Vikings, Chinese and more. The plant has adapted to harsh (cold) climates as -10°C, altitude of 4-5000m above sea level and has developed a unique set of secondary metabolites in its roots. According to the concept of Biomimetics (from “bios=life” and “mimesis=imitate”) – the art and science of observing the living world – strategies that stand the test of time and applying these deep principles to our human challenges will be shown by taking into considerations the prevailing schools of thoughts about the complex process of ageing, proposing for each a complement from this Northern plant.

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