Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Caroline and I am a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. My research project focuses on Striga - a genus of parasitic plants that devastates harvests by infecting food crops. I am exploring the defence reactions that can make host plants more resistant against Striga. Due to my ongoing battles with anorexia, I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked but I am determined to finish the course.


This blog charts the ups and downs of life in the lab, plus my dreams to become a science communicator and forays into public engagement and science policy....all while trying to keep my mental and physical health intact. Along the way, I'll also be sharing new plant science stories, and profiles of some of the researchers who inspire me on this journey. So whether you have a fascination for plants, are curious about what science research involves, or just wonder what exactly I do all day, read on - I hope you find it entertaining!


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Time for a HOLIDAY!!!!

I won't be posting over the next week as - fisnlly - I am going on a PROPER holiday ( the Prague conference certainly didn't fall into the category of 'relaxation'...). With no internet or phone, there isn't the remotest chance of doing any work....unless I print off a few scientific papers? Somehow I think I will be too busy reading up on the unique history of La Serenissima and just gazing at that magical marriage of light, water and bobbing Gondolas.....see you soon!

Tobacco Uodate: tobacco are still going strong, one is even starting to flower again! ( perhaps I should rename them 'Resurrection Plants'...) The Striga shoots are beginning to dry out so hopefully I can start harvesting the seed soon. 

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