Recognizing Plant Direct first authors: Maite Olaetxea Indaburu

Maite Olaetxea Indaburu, first author of Root ABA and H+-ATPase are key players in the root- and shoot growth promoting action of humic acids

Current Position: Post-doc position in research at University of Navarra, Spain (Environmental Biology Group); part time University Instructor at the Public University of Navarra, Spain

Education: 2010-2015 International PhD mention degree at University of Navarra; 2013 research stay at Università Federico II in Italy; 2010 Master´s degree at University of Navarra (Chemistry applied to science and industry). 2006-2010 Degree in Chemistry

Non-scientific Interests: dancing, hiking, riding bikes, travelling

Brief bio: When I finished my master´s degree in 2010, I was encouraged to start my PhD degree with Prof. García-Mina. My research topic is investigating the mechanism behind the plant growth promoting action of a sedimentary humic acid, studying both the plant physiology and the chemical view of humic acids. Now I am focusing on the molecular response of the promoting action, studying the gene expression of the main plant regulators, such us, homones, enzimes or nutrient transports. I would like to continue studying the mechanism more deeply in the future.