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The Emerald Planet: how plant’s ‘greened the Earth’

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“Short of rocketing into space, it is hard to imagine a bolder or more life-changing step than leaving water for dry land” (Richard Dawkins, 2009).

Dawkins has a point. The colonization of the continents by land plants over 450 million years represents one of the most far-reaching chapters in the history of life on Earth. It fundamentally changed the ecology and climate of the planet. In this lecture, I will draw on exciting new findings that implicate the symbiotic relationship between plants and soil-dwelling fungi as a mechanism fuelling the arrival and evolution of terrestrial plant life and the atmosphere.

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