From methylome to phenotype: a study on the effects of a multigenerational exposure to gamma radiation in Arabidopsis thaliana

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    Abstract

    It was the aim of this PhD project to gain insight in the long-term impact (within and across generations) of gamma radiation on plants. A multigenerational set up was used in which consecutive generations of Arabidopsis thaliana plants were exposed to enhanced levels of gamma radiation. More specifically, four different dose rates were used ranging from 20 to 420 mGy h-1 for 14 days during the vegetative stage. The P0 generation was exposed to enhanced radiation levels for the first time ever, while the other generations had experienced gamma stress in one (S1) of two (S2) previous generations. The response of these three generations was studied at different levels of biological organisation.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Science
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Cuypers, Ann, Supervisor, External person
    • Horemans, Nele, Supervisor
    Date of Award25 May 2018
    StatePublished - 25 May 2018

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