By Lee Nguyen, Biotechnology ’14 Parasitic plants pose a serious threat to the world’s agriculture and environment. Understanding the parasitism signaling pathway will help identify methods of pest control as well as pest resistance. One gene that enters the parasitic signaling pathway early is TvQR1, a gene that encodes an enzyme that catalyzes an oxidation-reduction reaction crucial for development of a root like outgrowth called a haustorium. In parasitic plants, TvQR1 is transcriptionally activated upon host contact and my project is to study the promoter of this gene, pQR1, in a nonparasitic plant.
This website will soon be home to student-created articles and artwork relating to biology. In the coming days and months, we will publish short news updates, in-depth articles, and even works of art created by undergraduate students at UC Davis. The topics will cover all aspects of life science–from biochemistry to ecology, and from basic research to real-world applications. All UC Davis undergraduates, regardless of major, are welcome to submit pieces for publication. Our aim is to give students a platform to share their passion and curiosity with a wider audience. As students, we have a unique perspective on science–we’re immersed, every day, in learning about the fundamentals of biology and how research is done. Since we’re actively engaged in […]