Dr. Ivan Baxter will speak at a Plant Sciences Institute Seminar. Refreshments in the MBB Atrium at 3:45 p.m. prior to the 4:10 p.m. seminar in 1414 MBB.
PLANT SCIENCES INSTITUTE
Ivan Baxter, Ph.D.
Research Computational Biologist
USDA-ARS Plant Genetics Research Unit, Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center
Using Elemental Profiles to Understand Plant Adaptation to the Environment
Plants take up elements from their soil environment using processes controlled by the genome. The complex nature of these interactions suggests that the elemental profile will be highly plastic with the genetic factors influencing accumulation depending on which environment the plant is grown in. My lab uses high throughput elemental profiling as a tool for understanding plant adaptation. We are attempting to combine quantitative genetics in Maize, Soybean and several other species with computational biology tools to understand the underlying factors at the gene level. Additionally, we have recently added high throughput image based phenotyping to our repertoire allow us to study adaptation in a time dependent manner.