Book Talk by Anurag Agrawal
Thursday, April 13, at 4:00pm
This inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia. In a Chats in the Stacks book talk hosted by Mann Library, Agrawal will discuss his recent scientific discoveries that reveal a battle of exploitation and defense between these two fascinating species.
Each spring, the monarch life cycle begins when it deposits eggs on the leaves, and even though the plants do all they can to poison the predators, the larvae appear to feed exclusively on them. The milky sap poisons contained in leaves and stems have not only shaped monarch-milkweed interactions but have been culturally important for centuries. The new book reviews current ideas regarding the recent decline in monarch populations, the influence of habitat destruction, and his own theories as to why their numbers are plummeting.
Anurag Agrawal is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University.
Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Refreshments served. Free and open to all.