Plant Physiological Ecology: We comprehensively address the ecology, physiology, and anatomy of plants. A unifying theme of our studies is the question of how plants survive and thrive in their natural environment and what mechanisms (and genes) are responsible for the acclimation and adaptation of plants to extreme environmental conditions. We compare and contrast these characteristics among plant species with different growth patterns and acclimation strategies, and include both anatomical/morphological and physiological features. In addition, we have recently begun to apply our expertise of the regulation of photosynthetic efficiency and photosynthetic capacity to algae in order to maximize photosynthesis and productivity for the efficient generation of energy-rich molecules that can be used in the synthesis of biofuels.
Photosynthesis, Photosynthetic Efficiency, Photosynthetic Capacity, Photosynthetic Adaptation, Photosynthetic Acclimation, Regulation of Photosynthesis, Photosynthesis and the Environment, Photoprotection of Photosynthesis, Temperature Stress, Environmental Stress, Carotenoids, Xanthophylls, Zeaxanthin, Leaf Structure and Photosynthesis, Phloem Loading, Sugar Export and Photosynthesis, Algal Photosynthesis, Biofuels from Algae