Marta Makes her Mark

Published Wednesday, 17th October 2012 in Research news

Marta makes her Mark

Second year postgraduate student Marta Piotrowska’s recent presentation at a Syngenta-organised conference won her the top award.

The annual event, at the company’s Jealott’s Hill Research Centre, reviews research collaborations in Biological Sciences and Product Safety. Spread over two days, it offers PhD students and postgrads collaborating with the company a chance to present their work and meet others in the field. Having won for her poster last year it was Marta’s oral presentation on day one that gained her this year’s prize.     

Marta Piotrowska’s three year research project is jointly funded by SAC Trust Fund and Syngenta Crop Protection. She is working with the fungal pathogen Ramularia collo-cygni,   investigating potential resistance to one group of fungicides (Succinate Dehydrogenase Inhibitors [SDHIs]) the organism might develop.  

While the data suggests that Ramularia is still sensitive to SDHIs there is concern that such a high risk pathogen may rapidly develop resistance. Marta is looking at the gene mutations that might lead to fungicide resistance. This knowledge could inform the development of strategies to combat any build up of resistance in Ramularia collo-cygni.

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