dr. MA (Mariana) Silva Artur

dr. MA (Mariana) Silva Artur

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There is no life without water, and that is true for all living organisms. I find it incredible that some organisms still can survive losing almost all their celular water, an ability called Desiccation Tolerance (DT). My major research interest is on understanding how plants can survive the loss of water from their cells and remain alive in the dry state. During my MSc. (UFLA/Brasil) and PhD (WUR/NL) I have investigted several physiological, molecular, and genomic responses to DT in orthodox seeds and resurrection plants. I have found that, during their evolution, plants developed a very powerful toolkit to protect themselves against the damages caused by drying, including the production of LEA proteins. In my first postdoc (UU/NL) I investigated another component of this 'drying protection toolkit' which is found in the roots of many plant species, the exodermis. I am now a postdoc at the Plant Physiology group working on the Seeds for the Future Initiative (SFTF), where I am involved in seed science research, technology, and teaching. My research focus is on the regulation of DT in seeds, and cell protection and survival in the dry state.