Speaker : Angela Fufeng – McMaster University, Department of Biology – Graduate Student with Dr. Robin Cameron
Title : Prevention is worth a pound of cure: innate and adaptive immunity in plants
Bacterial biofilms have been extensively studied in relation to their effect on human health. However, very little information is available on how bacterial biofilms affect plant health. To study this, we used Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato expressing GFP to examine if biofilm formation contributes to Pseudomonas virulence during infection of Arabidopsis and whether the plant immune response includes the ability to inhibit Pseudomonas biofilm formation.
Greenhouse environments often promote bacterial and fungal infections in important crop plants. Exogenous application of chemical inducers could help reduce the severity of infection, or even prevent infection. We chose to study cucumber, an important Ontario greenhouse crop to identify chemical inducers of resistance and optimize treatment efficacy