SPARE PARTS: Cacti Grafting

Image description: Two types of cacti grafted together, creating a fan shape with a pink trim
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 12:30 to 16:30
Science Gallery London, First Floor
FREE, ticketed event

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When did you last mess with nature?

Grafting is a form of tissue engineering that has been practised for thousands of years. Like other plants, cacti can be grafted for a variety of reasons: to produce different species, to cultivate disease free stems, or to create a plant with an instagram-ready aesthetic.Drop into The Gut in the SPARE PARTS exhibition to help us to cultivate a crop of grafted cacti, and reconsider this ancient horticultural technique.

Join Gynelle Leon of PRICK London and Daria Belokhvostova from the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine at King’s College London to discuss all things cactus, and bust some myths hiding in the gap between contemporary regenerative medicine and sci-fi.

About the contributors

Gynelle Leon is the founder of PRICK, London's first shop dedicated to cacti and succulents, and author of Prick. Her boutique has been featured in the Evening Standard, the Financial Times, Monocle, i-D and the Huffington Post. She is also an RHS award winning plant photographer.

Daria Belokhvostova is a researcher at the Watt Lab at King’s College London on the Wellcome Trust 'Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine' PhD Programme. Daria works on stem cells in the pituitary gland, in skin and in the liver.