Carlo applied for a visitor grant and was recently awarded an EMBO scholarship to work with us here in Copenhagen for the next 3 months. Carlo has a degree in soil biology from Udine University in Italy and he will be working closely together with Elisa during his visit.
Carlo has synthesized a large amount of humic acids in order to test the hypothesis that the formation of root plaques are influence by humic acids. Initially, he will test the hypothesis using ‘artificial roots’ – an approach that was developed by Elisa last year. Basically, we are using thin silicone tubes (0.8 to 1.2 mm in diameter) to mimic radial oxygen loss from roots (silicone rubber is extremely permeable to gases and show more or less the same behaviour as roots of e.g., rice or wheat).
I am looking very much forward to see what Carlo is able to achieve over the next months…