Magdalena Cobo – tree root architecture

I hold a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Biotechnology and Genetics through which I gained extensive background knowledge in genetics and molecular biology. In 2014 I started working at NIAB EMR as a research technician. During this time, I participated in several research projects in a multidisciplinary team. This experience allowed me to acquire excellent organisational skills to plan and carry out my work with minimal supervision, expanding my knowledge in crop science.

Rootstocks are an essential component for successful tree fruit production, yet the below ground root systems are little understood.  My research will aim to identify the genetic basis of root system architecture in apple rootstocks and to associate root type with nutrient use efficiencies in this woody perennial species. This research will contribute to the generation of new and improved rootstocks and could have significant potential impact for other high value perennial crops.