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Heike Sederoff – Engineered Biology for Engineered Environments | GES Colloquium

January 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Engineered Biology for Engineered Environments

Heike Sederoff, PhD, Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, NC State

Website | @hsederoff

Addressing the energy problem of greenhouse agriculture


Greenhouse agriculture is in general more sustainable than any open field production – if it wasn’t for the enormous consumption of energy for light and space conditioning. I will present and discuss our development of a new type of self-powering greenhouse that uses semi-transparent organic photovoltaics to control radiation and produce energy. How far can we drive this technology? Which crops can be grown and how can biotechnology further facilitate economic viability of these solar greenhouses?

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Speaker Bio

Born and schooled in Northern Germany, Dr. Heike Sederoff completed an apprenticeship in book production and trade, but then went on to study chemistry at the University of Goettingen where she received a PhD in plant biochemistry. She was awarded a Feodor-Lynen Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany to study the interaction of bacteria and plants to form nodules for atmospheric nitrogen assimilation at Flinders University in Adelaide and at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Dr. Sederoff was a faculty member in at the University of Osnabrueck, back in Germany and later here at NC State. Her interests in science are very broad and she especially likes to collaborate across disciplines in natural sciences, engineering, and medicine. This has resulted in a number of licensed patents and experience as expert consultant in patent disputes. The research topics in her team span from questions how plants sense and respond to environmental stress to the use of synthetic biology to improve sustainability of crop production – on Earth and in extraterrestrial settings.

GES Colloquium is jointly taught by Drs. Jen Baltzegar and Sumit Dhole, who you may contact with any class-specific questions. As conditions allow, colloquium will be held in-person in Poe 202, as well as live-streamed via Zoom (at least January will be 100% virtual). Please subscribe to the GES newsletter and Twitter for updates .


January 25, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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