Screening for Carotenoid-Derived Signaling Molecules

Screening for Carotenoid-Derived Signaling Molecules

Internship Description

The project focuses on novel signaling molecules involved in plant development and response to environmental stress. It includes studies on the activity of selected carotenoid-metabolizing enzymes and the identification of their enzymatic products. Biological activity of products will be investigated by developmental assays using Arabidopsis and rice and by determining the effect of these compounds on the transcript levels of selected genes including strigolactone biosynthesis genes. These studies will be complemented by geno- and phenotyping of mutants disrupted in the corresponding genes. 

Deliverables/Expectations

Identification of new bioactive compounds/Better understanding of the regulation of strigolactone biosynthesis. Significant contribution to a publication 

Faculty Name

Salim Al-Babili

Field of Study

Plant Biochemistry and Development