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 25 December 2013

A merry Christmas to you

Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you for keeping up with my doings by reading this blog. It's strange, usually I am so preoccupied with my research but of late my head has been filled with preparations for Christmas. But  it will be back to work in the new year and I have lots of ideas for ways forward. I sincerely wish you a very peaceful and joyous Christmas and I give you my best wishes for the new year.

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