Adviser: B. Sharp
Describe how MU Plant Sciences has broadened your horizons.
MU Plant Sciences has broadened my horizons by supporting my travels to national and international meetings. With the generous support of the Division of Plant Sciences, I attended a Keystone meeting in Colorado last year, and in June I am presenting a poster in Dundee, UK. The reseachers in the Division emphasize collaboration and interdisciplinary research, so they understand the importance of attending meetings to speak with other scientists. In addition, the faculty are very supportive of graduate students in the Division, and they offer generous support to promote their career development.
Many of us take for granted the fact that we have a safe, abundant food supply. In many parts of the world, however, plant stresses, both biotic and abiotic, can be devastating not only to plants themselves, but to the humans who rely on them. Through the study of plant responses to the environment, to plant pathogens, and plant pests, we help find solutions to these important problems. We also recognize that plant-associated microbes can be beneficial effects, and may even be essential to maintenance of plant health. We seek to educate graduate students for careers in molecular plant stress interactions, plant pathology and related areas.