Welcome to all the new members in the lab

2014 has been a busy year in the lab where new members are enriching the type of research we do and broadening the questions we are asking and the systems we are studying.In January Sara Cilles joined the lab as our technician. She is helping us out with a multi-variety experiment in potatoes where we are investigating tradeoffs between plant defense responses (such as tolerance and resistance) to Colorado Potato Beetle damage and yield. In February Susan Whitehead joined the lab and she will be studying apple fruit resistance to the codling moth (and important fruit herbivore) and investigating the mechanisms that influence resistance. In March Etzel Garrido joined the lab and she will be understanding the mechanisms behind the over-compensatory growth of a Colombian potato variety in response to tuber moth damage.