October 6th Citrus Chapter Monthly Meeting
The Healing Power Of Plants, with Dr. Charles Guy
Early studies have shown therapeutic benefits of People-Plant interactions. Growing plants can lower stress, increase physical activity, and reduce blood pressure. Our speaker is part of a pioneering group, researching how plants can measurably effect the mental health of people. As we use native plants to help the environment, come learn how the plants may actually be helping us.
Charles (Charlie) Guy is Emeritus and Courtesy Professor of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at UF. He was a founding member of the intercollege Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology PhD Program at UF. He taught BCH 5045 Graduate Survey of Biochemistry in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and co-taught BOT 6932 Plant Biochemistry for 25 years. He was Chair-elect and Chair of the IFAS Faculty Assembly in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 respectively. Charlie also served as Interim Chair of the Department of Environmental Horticulture in 2012. Charlie was a teaching and research Fulbright Scholar from 2012-2013 at the Universidad de la Frontera in Temuco, Chile. His research specialty throughout his career focused on plant responses to the environment, primarily temperature extremes. More recently, Charlie worked on the therapeutic benefits of people-plant interactions. He has served on the editorial boards of several plant biology journals and also served on the Scientific and Technology Advisory Panel for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, the research program manager for the International Space Station National Laboratory. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fulbright Association North Florida Chapter, and is a member of the Steering Committee for Wilmot Botanical Gardens on the UF campus.