The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)

Rob Schuurink appointed professor of Plant specialized metabolism and defence at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA)

Rob Schuurink ( photo credits: UvA / Raimond Snellings) has been appointed professor of Plant specialized metabolism and defence within the research area of Plant Physiology at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science with effect from 1 November 2021.
Schuurink is an expert in the field of secondary plant metabolism and interactions between plants and pests. Plants excel as chemists: they are able to produce very complex molecules (metabolites) that are not involved in the primary growth process, but usually serve as defences against herbivores. Many of these special metabolites have been shown to be useful for humans, for example taxol and artemisinin. The latter substance is made in the glandular hairs of the plant, just like, among many other substances, the fragrances of peppermint and thyme and the cannabinoids in cannabis plants. More information can you find here.

2022-01-04T18:42:34+01:00