York PhD Students Present Research at ICAR Conference in Belfast

Congratulations to 2nd and 3rd year York PhD students Ethan Redmond and Harry Pink, who presented findings from their latest research at the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) conference in Belfast.

The conference gathers up to 1000 plant scientists from around the world, whose primary research organism is the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana.

Following his K.M. Scott Prize for research excellence during a recent event at the University of York, Ethan took his latest findings across the Irish Sea and explained how he his using RNA sequencing on a large Arabidopsis population to understand why genetically identical plants flower at different times.

Ethan presenting his work at the ICAR conference.

Harry, meanwhile, presented findings from his recent first-author publication where he identified genetic variation underpinning resistance in lettuce to two fungal pathogens which are becoming increasingly resistant to agricultural treatments, such as fungicides. The work does not stop there for Harry, as he now plans to identify which genes are the key players in controlling this disease resistance!

Harry presenting his work at the ICAR conference.