Plants use Biological Clocks to Welcome the Spring and Avoid Economic Crises

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


Professor Andrew Millar’s research group combines experimental biology and mathematical models to study complex processes within cells, particularly the 24-hour biological clock. The clock synchronises many biological processes with day and night, from the cell division cycle to the human sleep-wake cycle. Plants use the clock to predict the duration of darkness at night, avoiding nightly starvation. The same 24-hour clock can also measure the lengthening days in Spring to trigger flowering, so the clock becomes a calendar. The robustness of this biological system contrasts with the fragility of our financial system.
Period20 Feb 2017
Event typeOther


  • Plant science
  • chronobiology
  • Systems Biology
  • flowering time