Gretchen Kroh

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PhD Candidate, Department of Biology, Colorado State University

Iron deficiency anemia is the most prevalent nutrient deficiency worldwide but can be reversed by increasing dietary iron. While crops can be a good source of iron, plants are also typically iron deficient because soil iron is poorly bioavailable. I begin to address this problem in my research by studying how plants regulate metabolism when iron deficient to avoid long term damage and lowered productivity. By understanding the mechanisms of how plants respond to iron deficiency, we can eventually manipulate crop plants to use iron more efficiently which will allow for increased crop productivity on limited arable land.

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College of Natural Sciences
Department of Biology