Our current research focuses on the regulation of water flow through plants. We study in particular cereals such as barley, and wheat, and also study other plants such as rice and Arabidopsis. We are interested in how plants adjust shoot water loss and root water uptake to a changing ratio of root-to-shoot, such as in response to nutrient limitation, heavy-metal stress, salt stress or even having parts of the root system excised. We employ a combination of physiological, molecular (aquaporins) and biophysical approaches, the latter involving measurement of cell turgor and osmolality at the individual cell level. The research is driven by the interest of how plants work, given their evolutionary strategy of a (vegetative) sessile life style combined with a high degree of plasticity and self-sufficiency.
- Lecturer / ReaderUniversity Paisley17 Sep 1996 - 13 Aug 2006
- MAJustus-Liebig-Univaersity Giessen Germany
- PhDJustus-Liebig-Univaersity Giessen Germany
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