Lucas soon turned in to be our most experienced microsensor user. Here, he is using an oxygen microoptode to measure radial oxygen loss from roots of rice.

Lucas Peralta started his PhD with me in April 2019. Lucas has a degree in environmental sciences from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He was awarded an EU Talent scholarship to work on the root barrier to radial oxygen loss and its role in preventing intrusions of phytotoxins from waterlogged soils. Lucas graduated in August 2022 - see this blog post.

Already in 2021, his first paper made it to the prestigious journal, New Phytologist - see this link, where we reported the novel funtions of a well-known root trait that also seem to serve a role in drought tolerance.

Lucas has now left us to pursue a science career in the UK.