Recently, a few halophytes, in addition to the model plant Arabidopsis, have been used to understand the underlying physiological and genetic basis of salt tolerance.
At the plant stress molecular biology laboratory (PSMBL), we use molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology tools for improving abiotic stress tolerance in rice and toward development of molecular markers for improvement of wetland plants to aid in coastal restoration efforts.
Development and evaluation of molecular markers for wetlands plant improvement.
We are researching ecologically important smooth cordgrass, which contributes to tidal marsh restoration and shoreline protection of the salt-marsh ecosystems, as a model grass halophyte and a salt-tolerant rice landrace "Pokkali" to identify salt-responsive novel/superior alleles and/or regulatory transcriptional machineries. Our ultimate goal is to translate the knowledge and exploit the resources toward development of salt-tolerant rice using molecular/precision-breeding techniques.
People working in the Plant Stress Molecular Biology Laboratory.
Information about the researchers associated with the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences (SPESS) Plant Stress Lab.
In the drought stress project, we are using rice as the model as well as target crop. Rice productivity is severely affected by water scarcity, especially when it occurs during essential periods of plant growth such as the reproductive stage.