AMES, IA – An Iowa State University researcher has identified a protein as a key regulator of plant root growth, representing a significant step towards understanding the complex, underlying processes that influence development of root cells.
Dior Kelley, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, works in the field of proteomics, the study of proteins’ structures and functions.
Kelley’s research team specializes in researching natural hormones called auxins that help regulate many aspects of plant development. Their new findings about the role of a key auxin-regulated protein are featured in this month’s prestigious scientific journal MCP: Molecular and Cellular Proteomics — along with the cover illustration that Kelley created with her artist mother.
For additional information, read the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences article, "Science (and Art) Reveal New Insights on Root Growth at Iowa State University."