Ursula Melissa Ruiz-Vera
Ursula Ruiz Vera’s research is focused on the physiological responses of plants to different environmental conditions. Her doctoral dissertation, in Plant Biology, at the University of Illinois, addressed the interactive impacts of elevated CO2 levels and rising temperatures on the physiology and productivity of soybean and maize.
Her current work, supported by the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project, is focused on understanding the sink limitation and light interception efficiency of crops, including soybean, tobacco, and cassava. Currently, she is focusing on cassava, the most important staple crop in Africa, to explore the sink limitation, at elevated CO2 levels, in 8 cassava cultivars. Dr. Ruiz-Vera obtained her B.Sc. from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru.