Taking a forward genetics approach to plant-environmental responses

Digital Lecture
Foto: Gundega Baldwin

Ian T. Baldwin and his team study a fire-chasing native tobacco plant, Nicotiana attenuata and use the plant’s natural history interactions to phenotype transformed and recombinant inbred lines (RILs) of this plant, at a nature preserve in the plant’s native habitats, to understand the function of genes required for survival in nature. Previously, the research program has used a reverse genetics approach; this talk will describe how we are now using unbiased forward genetics wedded with unbiased metabolomics and natural history-based field biology to understand the genetics behind the management of complex ecological interactions. 

Ian T. Baldwin received an AB from Dartmouth College in 1981, his PhD from Cornell University in 1989, rose through the academic ranks at the State University of New York at Buffalo and in 1996 became the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena Germany. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and a book on the induced defenses of plants, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina, EMBO, and the AAAS. In his research program, he uses a nature preserve to conduct experiments with genetically modified plants in the plant‘s native environment to understand the genes that matter for survival under real world conditions.

Moderation: Professorin Dr. Katharina Riedel

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