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Maria Julissa Ek-Ramos


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  • Organization
    Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I like to study the way plants interact with their environment. I have been focused on interactions with microbes and insects but recently we have noticed that also we can found interesting responses under different abiotic factors such drought, salinity, heat, etc.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Plants are holobionts. It means they harbor communities within. I learned that some of these communities are formed by microbes closely related to them, so they are continuously interacting and establishing mutualistic interactions!

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The best thing about science is that you never stop learning.

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I remember my chemistry class teacher. He encouraged our curiosity towards everything related with science. Actually my attitude was mostly being curious with a lot of questions.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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Hello Myel, nice to meet you. Did you see more effects when using the highest concentration of salt in water?. What do you think is happening?. When using only water, the pieces of celery were also bending?. Why?.


Hello Sharon, the results are very interesting. Did you see more effect when using water with more salt?. In your next set of experiments, you will use only "colder water"?. Do you mean ice?. How will you know water temperature is equal for all your pieces of celery?


Hello Jesmin, It seems salt can do something to celery, right?. What do you think salt is doing?. Have you tried putting a little bit of salt on your wet hands?. What could happen?. Probably it could be the same for plants, right?

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