Dr. Demetra Kandelepas will speak on “Hidden Fungi — Plants’ Secret to Success” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tope La Catering, 113 E. Thomas St., Hammond.

The presentation by Kandelepas, Southeastern Louisiana University instructor of biological sciences, is part of the university's Science on Tap series. 

Kandelepas will discuss the necessity of fungi to plants’ survival.

The talk is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase.

“About 90 percent of all plants depend on fungi for their survival and, not only do they take advantage of these fungi for themselves, but they also share them with family members, as well as plants of different species,” Kandelepas said. “Most plants are not able to acquire nearly enough water or nutrients to sustain themselves. Fungi happily provide both of these provisions and initiate chemical warfare on their hosts’ aggressors when they detect an attack.”

For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences, (985) 549-3740.