The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)


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EPS Flying Seminar “Colleen Drapek”

Title:”Cellular gibberellin dynamics during plant-microbe beneficial interactions”

Date: 30th of May 2023
Time: 15:00 – 17:00
Location (Hybrid): Wageningen Campus
Registration: open

Colleen is a post-doctoral scientist working with Drs. Oldroyd and Jones. I’m a former EMBO Long-Term Fellow and recipient of the Marie Sklodowska Curie individual fellowship

Research Interests

In my current work, I am studying how legumes develop a specialised root-borne structure termed nodules. Nodules are formed to accommodate soil bacteria called rhizobia that can assimilate atmospheric nitrogen into a form readily accessible to the host plant (a process termed rhizobia-legume symbiosis). I am studying the role phytohormones play in the organogenesis and differentiation of nodules. To do this, I’m combining the technology developed in the Jones group to visualise hormones live during nodule development. I’m taking this work a step further by visualising hormones in other symbioses in legumes and in barley. My hope is that my research will provide an understanding of how plant hormones regulate symbiosis, which may be useful in aiding the design of crops that do not require environmentally-unfriendly fertiliser.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Wageningen Campus