Alejandra Abril Guevara

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Alejandra Abril Guevara

Graduate Student, University of Florida

Alejandra earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. During her research Alejandra participated in different biophysics labs as part of the Single Molecular Biophotonics Group in the University of Southern California. She has always been interested in agriculture and technology and she is currently a doctoral student in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida. Her research efforts are focused on improving the biomass conversion properties of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). More specifically, she studies enzymes involved in cell wall architecture that would enable engineering plant cell walls through breeding or genetic engineering, thus improving biofuel production and invention of value-added products from lignin polymers. She also investigates the genetic bases and the physiological effects of water submergence on crop plants to develop flooding-tolerant lines to improve crop production in flood-prone areas.

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Posted on July 1, 2015
Response from Alejandra Abril Guevara, Graduate Student, University of Florida • August 28, 2015
The direct answer to your question is scientists do use the acronym "GMO" in general, and certainly not for organisms that humans have domesticated for food or medicines. The general public employs the term GMO when referring to genetically engineered organisms. The problem is that the term GMO is very unspecific. While it generally refers to transgenic plants, there are many ways to modify plant genetics, which gets confusing.  This can be through biotechnology, traditional... Read More
Posted on April 20, 2015
Response from Alejandra Abril Guevara, Graduate Student, University of Florida • October 1, 2015
Genetically engineered (GE) crops have been used to generate renewable fuels. Ethanol has been traditionally produced from starch feedstock (e.g corn) and biodiesel from vegetable oil feedstocks (e.g. soybean). Currently, the ‘second generation biofuels’ are being produced from cellulosic biomass for ethanol and eukaryotic microalgae for biodiesel. There is a growing interest for generation of novel fuels from prokaryotic microalgae metabolism from fatty-acids (Reviewed by [1]).... Read More
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