Using MicroCT to Understand Plant Responses to Drought

Climate change has warmed and dried many places on Earth. Reduced water strains natural ecosystems and the services they provide and affects production of crops.

Webinar Overview

Climate change has warmed and dried many places on Earth. Reduced water strains natural ecosystems and the services they provide and affects production of crops. Understanding how drought limits the production of plants and causes widespread mortality of trees is a research imperative.

Recent studies have found strong support that drought can lead to the breakdown of vascular transport and that this is a key factor limiting plant performance and survival. MicroCT is an ideal tool to examine plant vascular function during drought. In this webinar, the utility of microCT as a plant biology research tool will be discussed, and particularly the way that microCT has advanced our understanding of plant drought adaptations.

Thursday July 22, 2021

Key Topics

  • Use of microCT for plant biology research
  • Plant vascular transport analysis
  • 3D visualization of microCT data

Who Should Attend?

Academic researchers, doctoral students, post-docs, biologists, and scientists in the field of plant/botany research and classification biology.

Speaker

Dr. Brandon Pratt

Professor & Director of the Biology 3D Imaging Center
California State University, Bakersfield

Dr. Brandon Pratt completed his Ph.D. at Washington State University in 2003 studying plant adaptations to drought. Since 2005, he has been faculty at California State University, Bakersfield and is currently Professor of Biology and Director of the Biology 3D Imaging Center. His laboratory studies plant responses to drought and, since 2017, he has incorporated the use of microCT into his studies.