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Fatma Kaplan

Adjunct Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2004

310A Bartram Hall 

Research Interests

I am interested in plant abiotic and biotic stress. I have worked with plants, nematodes and other organisms, as well as chemical expertise that enables me to study chemical signaling among organisms. I have three ongoing projects. First, I am identifying the full dispersal blends for entomopathogenic nematodes to control plant insect pest. The second is to understand factors that regulate dauer recovery in Caenorhabditis elegans and its application to plant parasitic nematodes. The third, exciting new area of research is about the interaction of plant parasitic nematodes with plant roots through volatile compounds. Dr. Alborn at the USDA-ARS and I developed a noninvasive method to collect volatile compounds from plant root zone. I am working on isolating the factors that attract or repel plant parasitic nematodes to identify the plant biosynthetic pathways for these compounds.

Representative Publications

Chemical Ecology/Biology

Kaplan F, Alborn HT, von Reuss SH, Ajredini R, Ali JG, Akyazi F, Stelinski LL, Edison AS, Schroeder FC, Teal PAE (2012) Interspecific nematode signals regulate dispersal behavior. PLoS ONE 7: e38735

Kaplan F, Srinivasan J, Mahanti P, Ajredini R, Durak O, Nimalendran R, Sternberg PW, Teal PEA, Schroeder FC, Edison AS and Alborn HT (2011) Ascaroside expression in Caenorhabditis elegans is strongly dependent on diet and developmental stage. PLoS ONE 6: e17804.

Kaplan F, Badri DV, Zachariah C, Ajredini R, Sandoval F, Roje S, Levine L, Zhang F, Robinette S, Alborn HT, Zhao W, Stadler M, Nimalendran R, Dossey AT, Brushweiler R, Vivanco JM, Edison AS (2009) Bacterial Attraction and Quorum Sensing Inhibition in Caenorhabditis elegans Exudates. J. Chem. Ecol. 35: 878-892.

Srinivasan J*, Kaplan F*, Ajredini R, Zachariah C, Alborn H, Teal P, Malik RU, Edison A, Sternberg PW, and Schroeder FC (2008) A synergistic blend of small molecules differentially regulates both mating behavior and development in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature 454: 1115-1118.
*Co-first author. Cited by 72

Plant Biology

Kaplan F, Zhao W, Richards JT, Wheeler RM, Guy CL, Levine LH (2012) Transcript and metabolite responses of Arabidopsis are [CO2] and development dependent. PLoS ONE 7:e43583

Schmelz EA, Kaplan F, Huffaker A, Dafoe NJ, Vaughan MM, Ni X, Rocca JR, Alborn HT, and Teal PEA (2011) Identity, regulation, and activity of inducible diterpenoid phytoalexins in maize.
Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 108: 5455-5460.

Kaplan F, Sung DY, Haskell D, Riad GS, Popp M, Amaya M, LaBoon A, Kawamura Y, Tominaga Y, Kopka J, Uemura M, Lee K-J, Brecht JK and Guy CL (2009) Could Ethanolic Fermentation During Cold Shock Be a Novel Plant Cold Stress Coping Strategy? L. V. Gusta, M. E. Wisniewski and K. K. Tanino (Eds). In Plant Cold Hardiness. From the Laboratory to the Field. Oxford University Press. pp 80-90.

Kaplan F, Kopka J, Sung DY, Zhao W, Popp M, Porat R, Guy CL (2007) Transcript and metabolite profiling during cold acclimation of Arabidopsis reveals an intricate relationship of cold-regulated gene expression with modifications in metabolite content. Plant J. 50:967-981. Cited by 108

Kaplan F, and Guy CL (2005) RNA interference of Arabidopsis beta‐amylase8 prevents maltose accumulation upon cold shock and increases sensitivity of PSII photochemical efficiency to freezing stress. Plant J. 44: 730-743. Cited by 75

Kaplan F, Kopka J, Haskell D, Zhao W, Schiller KC, Gatzke N, Sung DY, Guy CL (2004) Exploring The Temperature Stress Metabolome of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol. 136: 4159 -4168. Cited by 302

Kaplan F, and Guy CL (2004) Beta-amylase induction and the protective role of maltose during temperature shock. Plant Physiol. 135: 1674-1684. Cited by 85

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