PMB at Cal Day: April 18, 2015

April 09, 2015

Magic show, Microgarden, Microbiology and More

Michael Steinwand and Allison Schwartz, Plant Student Group (Anniesha Daniel Photo)

By Karyn Houston
Plant & Microbial Biology

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology will be participating in UC Berkeley's Cal Day on Saturday April 18, 2015. 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 and their families. From 9 am to 4 pm, visit PMB at the Genetics and Plant Biology lawn, located next to Pat Brown's grill on the UC Berkeley campus, north side. 

PMB Cal Day Activities

Steve Lindow Ice Nucleation (Anniesha Daniels Photo)

Ice Nucleation Show 

Renowned Plant Biologist Steve Lindow will demonstrate ice nucleation, a phenomenon where bacteria cause ice crystals to quickly form on plants.



PMB Info  TablePMB Lawn (Cory Maryott Photo)

Learn about undergraduate majors and research opportunities while interacting with scientists, professors, and students.



MicrogardenPetri Dishes (Cory Maryott Photo)

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. 


Micro student (Cory Maryott Photo)Microbiology Student Group

Learn all about Microbes. MSG will unravel how microbes are everywhere, from the deepest crevices in our bodies, to the food that enters our body, and especially in the environments we live in. We often know about "bad" microbes - the germs that make us sick. But what about the "good" microbes? How do microbes benefit people and positively shape the world around us?


Allison Schwartz (Anniesha Daniels Photo)Plant Student Group

Learn about Plants. Join plant biology graduate students for fun eductional activities like learning where common foods come from,  demonstrations on how to use a dichotomous key to identify plants, and using magnifying lenses to closely view different plant structures.



Find out more about Cal Day:
Link to Cal Day Online Schedule
Check out the Cal Day Video