Next lab meeting: Tue 4 Nov, 11:30 to 12:30, Common Room

Dear all,

The next lab meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 November from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Common Room, Alfred Denny Building. The two speakers will be:

1) Suo Qiu. “Understanding the genomic basis of virulence in the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica”. She is a research postdoctoral associate working in collaboration with Julia Scholes and Roger Butlin.

Striga species are parasitic weeds that infect the roots of the staple cereal crops of Africa causing devastating yield losses. Striga-resistant cultivars are cost-effective for subsistence farmers but knowledge about genetic variation for virulence within Striga populations is poor, making sustainable management of host-resistant cultivars difficult. We aim to use population genomic approaches to locate virulence loci within the Striga genome that allow parasites to overcome host resistance genes.

2) Kang-Wook Kim. “What makes longer and faster sperm?”. He is a research postdoctoral associate.

Available dates to give talks next year are:
– January 6th
– February 3rd
– March 3rd
Please let me know if you would like to give a talk.

Best wishes,


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield

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