National Institute of Research in Agronomy (INRA), France
Julia Buitink received her education at Wageningen University (M.Sc., Molecular Sciences, 1996, Ph.D. 2000) in the Netherlands on the biophysics of seed storage. Following a PostDoc at the Institut National Horticulture, she was recruited as senior researcher at the National Institute of Research in Agronomy (INRA) in 2002 and became research director at INRA in 2007. Based in Angers, France, since 2002, she has developed a research program on seeds in partnership with Prof. Olivier Leprince. Their research team significantly contributed to the understanding of seed quality and longevity using multidisciplinary approaches including functional genomics, molecular physiology, biophysics and genetics. Currently, her main interest are on the regulatory pathways and molecular mechanisms underlying the acquisition of seed desiccation tolerance and longevity during seed development, using a systems biology approach and exploiting the large genetic diversity within the legume family. She has published 54 papers (H-index 28), 11 book chapters and 1 patent, and is President-Elect of the International Seed Science Society.
Dr. Buitink’s presentation will provide an overview of the mechanism’s underlying the amazing capacity of seeds to become desiccation tolerant and survive for prolonged periods of time in the dry state, allowing them to sustain extreme stresses and making them extremely suitable for long term preservation.