Sugary solutions for our health and the environment

Sugary solutions for our health and the environment

Sugary solutions for our health and the environment
Friday 18 September 2020, 1.00pm to 1.45pm BST
Past event
Past event
Friday 18 September 2020, 1.00pm to 1.45pm BST
  • Sugar crystals
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Theme: 
Science and technology

Wood, straw and compostable waste are, perhaps surprisingly, full of sugar. Professor Paul Dupree discusses how plants use sugars to grow, and introduces some recently emerging ideas that studying plant sugars may help us tackle issues from plastic pollution to mental health. Professor Dupree's talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Speakers

Professor Paul Dupree

Fitzwilliam 1984
Professor Paul Dupree

Professor Paul Dupree is a Professor in Plant Cell Biology at the Department of Biochemistry, and Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Biological) at Magdalene College.

The work Professor Dupree leads at the Dupree Laboratory is focused on understanding the biosynthesis and function of polysaccharide components of the plant cell wall. Despite these polysaccharides being some of the most abundant on Earth, and them having enormous nutritional, agricultural, and industrial importance. Extending our knowledge of these processes could reduce the use of fossil fuels and plastics, replacing them with renewable and biodegradable alternatives to improve the use of wood in building construction and improve dietary fibre, and to replace calorific sugars in our diet with sweet alternatives.

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Contact

Events Team
Email: 
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