Title

Synthetic Biology Approach to Making Drought Tolerant Bradyrhizobium japonicum

Presenter Information

Natalie Holste

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences

Abstract

Droughts all across the globe are causing hardship to crops and food shortages in parts of the world. One complication for the soil in the regions with drought is high salt concentrations. Due to osmosis, this can cause the plants' cells to shrivel up, thereby becoming useless and killing the plants. Drought also affects the bacteria that associate with plant roots, particularly nitrogen-fixing symbionts of legume plants. The project would let agriculture be introduced to drier areas of the planet. This will allow more crops to be grown and food to be made because they can survive in high salt conditions. The goal of my project is to develop successful salt tolerant strains of Bradyrhizobium japonicum that would protect crops. The success of this project would bring about many positive changes to agriculture and the world.

Biography

Growing up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Natalie Holste attends Missouri S&T as a Sophomore pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences. She is greatly involved on campus. Some involvement includes being the Assistant Health and Safety Officer of The Solar House Team, the Secretary of Eco Miners, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and several other organizations. In her free time, Ms. Holste loves to play badminton and the piano. After receiving her Bachelor of Science, she plans to attend graduate school and settle down into a job doing research.

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Proposal Oral Applicant

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Meramec Room

Presentation Date

15 Apr 2015, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Synthetic Biology Approach to Making Drought Tolerant Bradyrhizobium japonicum

Meramec Room

Droughts all across the globe are causing hardship to crops and food shortages in parts of the world. One complication for the soil in the regions with drought is high salt concentrations. Due to osmosis, this can cause the plants' cells to shrivel up, thereby becoming useless and killing the plants. Drought also affects the bacteria that associate with plant roots, particularly nitrogen-fixing symbionts of legume plants. The project would let agriculture be introduced to drier areas of the planet. This will allow more crops to be grown and food to be made because they can survive in high salt conditions. The goal of my project is to develop successful salt tolerant strains of Bradyrhizobium japonicum that would protect crops. The success of this project would bring about many positive changes to agriculture and the world.