Plant Stress Lab--EXPIRED

Elizabeth Swoope  |  10/21/2011 12:11:12 AM

Improvement of tolerance of plants against abiotic stresses, such as drought, salinity, and high/low temperature, remains a major focus of present day research. While most of the cultivated crop species, such as rice, are intolerant to these stresses, there exist a number of extremophiles (such as smooth cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora) that adapt to such extreme environmental conditions through physiological and biochemical adjustments orchestrated by a complex gene interactive regulation network.

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.

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Development and Evaluation of Molecular Markers

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