Mistletoe steals more than kisses

(11-30-2012)

The Adams State University Faculty Lecture “Mistletoe: Our Favorite Parasite,” will conclude the series for the fall 2012 semester. Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, will begin her talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Porter Hall room 130.

Thoughts of mistletoe almost immediately conjure images of couples kissing under it at Christmastime. However, mistletoe is a parasitic plant. It taps into areal branches of trees and steals its host’s food and water. Duran will talk about the folklore surrounding mistletoe, the biology of mistletoe and some of the research she has done on dwarf mistletoe.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or klduran@adams.edu.