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Science Café

September 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until December 6, 2023

Wind down from the workday by learning something new over drinks! Join Overton Park Conservancy at the Golf Clubhouse for a happy hour with guest speakers who will share unique perspectives from their corners of the scientific world. All are welcome; no previous scientific knowledge required

Science Café is scheduled for 5:30 pm the first Tuesday of each month.

Dr. Jason Hoeksema | Department of Biology, University of Mississippi | The interaction between plants and mycorrhizal fungi

Hype versus reality in the wood-wide web: What do we really know about the function of mycorrhizal networks in forests?

In recent years, popular media have amplified claims about the “wood-wide web,” with the benefits of mycorrhizal connections between trees in forests being touted in TED talks, documentaries, podcasts, newspapers, magazines, and even television series. But are these claims actually supported by scientific evidence?  In this discussion, Dr. Jason Hoeksema will walk us through the most popular claims being made, explain the relevant scientific studies, and help us to separate hype from reality.

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Overton Park Conservancy is the nonprofit organization that has been caring for Memphis’s central green space since 2012. With the generous support of our community, we work each day to make the park a beautiful and welcoming place for all Memphians, as well as a valuable source of urban habitat for wildlife.

The Conservancy must raise roughly 85% of our budget each year from people like you who care about the many things Overton Park has to offer. A gift of any amount helps us maintain and improve the park.


September 5
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Overton Park Conservancy
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Abe Goodman Golf Clubhouse
2080 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
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