Title

Synthetic Biology Approach to Making Drought Tolerant Bradyrhizobium japonicum

Presenter Information

Natalie Holste

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences; Minor in Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

Droughts all across the globe are causing hardship to crops and creating food shortages. One complication for the soil in the regions with drought is high salt concentrations. Because of osmosis, plants' cells shrivel up, therefore 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 was 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

Southwest Chicago suburbanite, Natalie Holste, is now a senior pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences. Some of her many involvements on campus include holding three positions in Phi Sigma Rho, being a euphonium player in the Symphony Orchestra, and living in the solar village assisting the horticulture sub-team of the Solar House Design Team. In her free time, Ms. Holste loves to play badminton and the piano. After receiving her Bachelor of Science, she plans to get a job in research and development and eventually attend graduate school pursue a PhD.

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Final Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Carver Room

Start Date

4-11-2017 1:30 PM

End Date

4-11-2017 2:00 PM

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Synthetic Biology Approach to Making Drought Tolerant Bradyrhizobium japonicum

Carver Room

Droughts all across the globe are causing hardship to crops and creating food shortages. One complication for the soil in the regions with drought is high salt concentrations. Because of osmosis, plants' cells shrivel up, therefore 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 was 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.