School: Ithaca High School
Faculty Advisor: Georg Jander
Production of protease inhibitors in Arabidopsis
Many plants produce inhibitors of insect gut proteases as a defense against herbivory. The Jander lab had previously isolated mutants of the genetic model plant Arabidopsis thaliana with altered protease inhibitor production. During my summer internship I assayed the protease inhibitor activity in mutant and wildtype plants and conducted experiments to measure the effects on insect growth.