PMB at Cal Day April 16, 2016

March 28, 2016

Magic show, micro garden, microbiology and more

By Karyn Houston
Plant & Microbial Biology

Renee Sung at Cal Day (Photo by Jewel Reaso)

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology will be participating in UC Berkeley's Cal Day on Saturday April 16, 2016. PMB students and faculty will be presenting and hosting all sorts of activities that revolve around plants and microbes. Cal Day is one of the ways PMB interacts with the Berkeley community and future Golden Bears along with their families. From 11 am to 2 pm, visit PMB at the Genetics and Plant Biology lawn, located next to Pat Brown's grill on the UC Berkeley campus, north side. 

Download a PMB Cal Day Poster

PMB Cal Day Activities

Lindow/Ice Nucleation (Photo by Queena Xu)Ice Nucleation Magic Show

Renowned Plant Biologist Steve Lindow along with members of his lab will demonstrate ice nucleation, a phenomenon where bacteria causes ice crystals to quickly form on plants. This amazing process was discovered by Lindow, who now uses it in his lab for research applications. 

Renee Sung at the PMB Info Table (Photo by Queena Xu)PMB Info Table

Learn about undergraduate majors and research.

Microbes (Photo by Jewel Reaso)Yeast Farts and Microscopes

Make your own slide and view incredible sights on the 'scopes we'll have set up. Put yeast in various types of culture to see if they produce gases that would inflate a balloon or lab glove. 




Garden (Photo by Jewel Reaso)

Prize Wheel

Answer the question about plants and microbes correctly and win a prize while learning a thing or two.




Micro Student Group (Photo by Queena Xu)
Micro Student Group

Microbes are everywhere, from the deepest crevices in our bodies to the germs that make us sick. What are "good" microbes and how do they benefit us?



Allison Schwartz and plants (Photo by Queena Xu)
Plant Student Group

Join our amazing students as they demonstrate where common foods come from, how to use a dichotomous key to identify plants, and look through magnifying lenses to view plants up close and personal - in a way you've never seen them before.  


Jules Cho and microgarden (Photo by Queena Xu)


Explore Cal's Microgarden, home to a diverse collection of algae and fungi used in research labs and classrooms around campus. Examine our organisms under microscopes, and learn all about algae and fungi. 



Types of Millet Millet Exhibit 

Millet is a highly nutritious, drought resistant grain. Come see actual millet plants, try some millet-based foods, and pick up a recipe card to learn how to bring millet into your kitchen and onto your table.




Learn more about Cal Day :
Link to Cal Day Online Schedule