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Meristem maintenance and pattern formation

Plants maintain a population of stem cells, called meristems, that continually give rise to new plant structures throughout life. We are interested in the role of meristems in pattern formation, the ability of organs and tissues to form in the correct numbers and positions within various plant structures, especially in flowers of Arabidopsis thaliana.
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Cell fate determination

After division most plant cells undergo differentiation to appropriate cell types. We are interested in two general processes of cell fate determination in Arabidopsis thaliana and Physcomitrella patens.
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Drought tolerance

The loss of crops due to drought is one of the most significant challenges in agriculture worldwide. We are investigating the mechanisms of drought resistance in a series of mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana and Physcomitrella patens
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Biofuels

Reliance on fossil fuels is becoming increasingly problematic due to negative environmental effects, cost instability, and supply instability. Plants offer a potential alternative renewable source of fuels. We are working toward developing plants that accumulate free sugars, making them more suitable for use as biofeedstock for ethanol production. We are also developing technologies for increasing the efficiency of algae biofuel harvesting.  

 

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