I got the chance to tell you all something about the work I've been doing for my Bachelor Thesis at Nematology. Unfortunately, the Biology-chairgroups only allows for a short 12-points thesis so my stay was only just over 2 months.
Working mostly with Hein Overmars I looked into the role of gene knockouts of an effector-interacting protein on the succes of sugar beet cyst nematode Heterodera Schachtii in Arabidopsis Thaliana. Previous research found that the proteins play a role in both PAMP (pathogen-associated molecular pattern)-triggered immunity and Effector-triggered immunity. I tested three different mutants and compared them to the wildtype Colombia. I found no significant results in either the amount of females at 21 days past inoculation (dpi), size of syncytia (feeding site) formed or root surface area. If you are interested in the possible reason or want to know more about this topic you can sent me an e-mail and I will gladly sent you my thesis. My stay at Nematology was very pleasant, both students and employees were always ready to help me and at least twice a week there was pie, cake or cookies to celebrate someone's birthday or graduation. Overall my time at Nematology was equally interesting and fun!