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Travel Bursary for poster presentation at the 28th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology in Prague, and undertake research at the University of Bordeaux, France


Abstract

Louise Bartle presented a poster titled “Compatibility of Industrial Saccharomyces uvarum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae with Oenococcus oeni During Synthetic Red Juice Fermentation” at the 28th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology in Prague, Czech Republic. Participation in the poster session allowed Louise to discuss her current findings with international researchers and network with students from a broad range of research topics. Louise gained knowledge on many aspects of yeast molecular biology and industrial applications, including brewing and winemaking. Louise then proceeded to undertake work at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin in Bordeaux, France. Louise developed meaningful collaborations with Dr Philippe Marullo and his PhD student, Mr Emilien Peltier. They helped Louise to statistically analyse data from Louise’s quantitative trait loci experiment.

Summary

Louise Bartle, a PhD student from Prof Vladimir Jiranek’s group, attended the 28th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology (ICYGMB) in Prague, Czech Republic from August 27th to September 1st, 2017. Louise provided a poster presentation titled “Compatibility of Industrial Saccharomyces uvarum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae with Oenococcus oeni During Synthetic Red Juice Fermentation” that forms part of her Wine Australia funded PhD research.

Over 500 junior and senior yeast scientists, from approximately 30 countries attended the conference. Speakers orated over 40 talks in 10 different sessions, including 4 keynote lectures by distinguished international speakers and 9 workshops involving short talks selected from poster abstracts. 300 posters were presented and covered a wide range of topics from yeast autophagy and growth control to systems biology and industrial biotechnologies. Louise’s participation initiated discussions on her presented work as well as on other loosely linked projects which has given Louise new insight into methods used in her own research.

This travel also included a visit to a research group led by Dr Marullo at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin in Bordeaux, France. The group focuses on identification of yeast genes linked to particular phenotypes (i.e. acetic acid production) using quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis. This is of interest to the Jiranek group as understanding wine yeast genotype-phenotype links could allow better management of yeast during fermentation.

Collaboration with Dr Marullo’s group played a fundamental role in Louise’s training and will benefit her career in research.


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