EVOGENE Master Students

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The aim of this Master thesis is to sort out the phylogenetic relationship of the IDL genes, and to identify the processes they are involved in by studying recently generated single, double and triple mutant lines. By comparison of expression patterns and mutant phenotype for IDL genes and HSL LRR-RLKs we hope to identify the receptors specific for the different IDL peptides.

In my master project I will try to further investigate the mechanisms behind the floral organ abscission process in Arabidopsis by investigating downstream components of the IDA signaling pathway.

Molecular studies on selected colicin types(MOLCOL)”

In this project, we study colicins, a class of bacterial proteins that are produced by some bacterial strains to kill other bacteria. Colicins are produced e.g. in the human gut, where different Enterobacteria compete for food. We study the toxic function of these proteins, using methods from molecular and structural biology.​

My project is part of the DRIVE-project, which looks at effects of elevated temperatures and altered annual precipitation patterns on plant root microbiomes. My project aims to find out if there is a correlation between the composition of foliar endophytic fungi communities and these environmental variables, using the SEEDCLIM climate grid and HTS on host plants Bistorta vivipara and Campanula rotundifolia. Answering this question allows predictions on how foliar endophytic fungi communities can be affected by future climate change.

Modifications in histone tails is an epigenetic mechanism for changing the nature of chromatin, and ultimately gene expression. The Aalen lab has identified the CW domain as a novel reader recognizing such marks. CW domains are present in a number of plant and animal chromatin associated proteins in combination with various other reader and/or writer domains, a possible explanation of epigenetic inheritance. Of special interest in plants are the members of the family of Methyl-CpG-Binding domain (MBD) proteins that have a CW domain.​ The aim of my project is to elucidate the biological and biochemical function of CW-MBD proteins of Arabidopsis, investigating the potential function in light-regulated processes, dormancy and seed development.

My MSc-project is a systematic and biogeographical study of a group of small, cupulate, black ascomycetes in the fungal genus Helvella. The species in this group are morphologically very similar and difficult to distinguish in the field, but molecularly they represent divergent evolutionary lineages. I will try to properly delimit the phylogenetic species within this species complex and to resolve the phylogenetic relationships between them, using different genetic markers. The work will be based on both herbarium collections and freshly collected specimens. Hopefully the work will result in a clear picture of the different species in this group, both regarding phylogeny, morphology and biogeography.