Date – 27 August 2020
Time – 4:00 pm
Autumn Webinar Series – “Explosives and the Disarming Power of Plants”
Thursday 27th August 2020 4pm (Zoom webinar)
Dr Liz Rylott is a Senior Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Product, Department of Biology at the University of York. She received her Ph.D. in Plant Genetics and Biochemistry from The John Innes Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK in 1997. After four years at the University of Glasgow, investigating early seedling establishment oilseed crops, Dr Rylott moved to the University of York to study phytoremediation: the use of plants to detoxify the environment. Her research is focused on understanding the genetic mechanisms involved in the stress responses and detoxification of pollutants in plants. Her research examines a range of environmental pollutants including explosive compounds, herbicides, metals and halogenated aliphatic compounds. Much of her research has been conducted in Arabidopsis thaliana, a model species for molecular biology, but more recent studies have included switchgrass, willow and miscanthus. A recent breakthrough has been the successful development, and testing, of transgenic switchgrass for the remediation of explosives (RDX) in field trials in the U.S.
Open to all, to join the webinar please register below by Tuesday 25th August, access details will be emailed to registered attendees before the event.