The necessity of understanding the role of the abiotic and biotic environment on the development of plants and ecosystems is challenged by a lack of tools capable of providing simple and controllable model systems with which to test hypotheses. While biology has made great strides in the implementation of sophisticated methods for the characterization of the various -omics, relatively little has been done to improve and standardize the tools available for the growing of plants in controlled environments.
Our group is interested in creating a set of integrated tools to allow the scientific community to create completely customizable environments with which to conduct plant biology and plant ecology experiments.
I will highlight the possibilities offered by these experimental tools to investigate (i) the role of ecosystem topology on its stress response, and (ii) the role of local physico-chemical heterogeneities on the topology of individual root systems.
Ludovico Cademartiri obtained a Laurea degree in Materials Science from the University of Parma in 2002 and a PhD in Chemistry from the
University of Toronto in 2008. He was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of George M. Whitesides at Harvard University.
His work spans materials chemistry, physical chemistry, molecular electronics, flame manipulation, plasma processing, polymers,
and environments-by-design and has been recognized by national and international awards, most recently the Beckman Young Investigator Award,
and the Plant Science Institute Faculty Fellow Award. He is at Iowa State since 2012.