University of Bolton lecturer is biology journal cover star
A UNIVERSITY of Bolton lecturer has become a cover star.
Molecular physiologist and lecturer Dr Ianis Matsoukas is on the front page of what has been described as one of the “hottest journals of the millennium”.
Dr Matsoukas has had research image printed on the front cover of the renowned biology journal, Plant, Cell and Environment (PC&E).
PC&E been named one of the “hottest journals of the millennium (so far)”, in a recent ScienceWatch report.
The work Dr Matsoukas has carried out with plants, particularly the mutant Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant native to Europe and Asia with white petals, features in the publication.
He said: “I was honoured to be asked to provide an image.”
Arabidopsis was the first plant — and the third multicellular organism after roundworm and common fruit fly — to have its genome completely genetically sequenced.
One goal of geneticists studying Arabidopsis is to understand the physiology, biochemistry, growth, and development of plants at the molecular level.
They can use this knowledge to produce new varieties of climate-resilient crops and other plants with increased stress tolerance, for example, or containing more of particular parts prized for their nutritional content or floral display.
Dr Matsoukas and his team of researchers at Bolton, along with scientists from Warwick University, have already made a molecular-level discovery in plants that could lead to the development of crops that are more resilient to climate change.
These kinds of genetically enhanced plants could be used to bolster crop reserves in the developing world.
Dr Matsoukas’ article in the in the journal is “Starch metabolism and antiflorigenic signals modulate the juvenile-to-adult phase transition in Arabidopsis”.
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