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ETSU biologists present at Phytochemical Society of North America meeting

Meeting attendees

JOHNSON CITY -- Seven members from the Department of Biological Sciences attended the 53rd meeting of the Phytochemical Society of North America held recently in Raleigh.

Dr. Aruna Kilaru and her doctoral student, Swati, presented their research on the discovery and characterization of endocannabinoids in early land plants such as mosses. These novel compounds are thought to play a role in providing the plants with the ability to tolerate stress.

Dr. Dhirendra Kumar communicated his work on proteins that may play a role in salicylic acid-mediated defense responses in plants.

Dr. Celia McIntosh, along with her postdoctoral associate, Dr. Shivakumar Devaiah; graduate student Olusegun Adeboye Adepoju; and undergraduate student Lisa Carter shared their recent progress on the functional characterization of flavonoid glycosyltransferases in grapefruit. These enzymes play a role in modulating the composition of the fruits including chemicals involved in plant defense, taste, and human health.  Carter also received the society’s award for best undergraduate student presentation.
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