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HOW PLANTS USE ‘SURVIVAL OF THE
FITTEST’ CONCEPT TO KEEP GROWING
WILL BE TOPIC OF ENVIRONMENTAL
DISCUSSION PROGRAM AT SLIPPERY ROCK
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The latest, cutting-edge
research on how some substances released by plant roots may inhibit
or retard the growth of other plants as part of a “survival
of the fittest” tactic will be the topic when Slippery Rock
University’s Bailey Library hosts environmental experts Dr.
Bruno Borsari, Dr. Valentine I. Kefeli and Dr. Maria V. Kalevich in
a review of their new book detailing their latest
public session titled “Land Stewardship and Management
Through A Renovated Approach in Plant-Soil Studies” will be
held in the library’s Special Collections Room at 4:30 p.m.
Borsari, an assistant professor of parks
and recreation/environmental education at SRU, and Kefeli, of
Biomost, Inc., in Cranberry, and a former SRU faculty member,
joined with Kalevich, assistant professor of biology at Robert
Morris University, to produce the book “Natural Growth
Inhibitors and Phytohormones in Plants and
Environment,” published by Kluwer Academic Publishers
of Dordrecht, Boston and London.
plants are related to the soil they grow in and biochemical
interaction between plants are some hot new topics in environmental
research. Our book examines an important aspect of how plants may
be producing their own herbicides to enhance their won growth,
while inhibiting the growth of other plant species,” Borsari
explains. The 275-page work details how plants grow and interact
with other species.
who served as editor for the work, explains the ideas offered could
help improve management practices in modern agroecosystems. The
library session will also include discussion of some of the
environmental challenges faced in the western Pennsylvania
bioregion. It will also address methods of restoring habitat,
reclaiming strip-mined soils and look at plant-soil relationships
from a more holistic perspective.
session is co-sponsored by SRU’s College of Health,
Environment and Science as part of the library’s on-going
lecture and entertainment schedule.
is among the nation’s pioneers in promoting environmental
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science degree in sustainable systems.
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