We present here LettuceKnow. It is an academy-industry research initiative bringing together intellectual and technological resources, expertise, and capital from three Universities and UMC Utrecht, seven Companies, and the germplasm bank in the Netherlands. This UU-led program aims to gain knowledge about processes that govern growth and stress resilience of lettuce to unveil this economically important crop's potential. We combine laboratory and field phenotyping experiments with transcriptomics and genetic mapping in almost 500 lines of four lettuce species.
I am a biologist keen to understand the principle of immune system functioning in plants and utilize this knowledge to make agriculture more sustainable. I studied genetic basis of plant disease susceptibility during my Ph. D. research at Utrecht University. Then, in a Max Planck Institute in Germany, I investigated molecular mechanisms of plant immune signaling via NOD receptors. Now, I want to use my expertise to learn about the architecture and functioning of the immune system in lettuce, an economically important crop belonging to a poorly studied plant taxonomic group.
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