Plant Biology

Faculty in the Plant Biology Section are dedicated to advancing knowledge of plant biology through research, public service, and teaching. Faculty research interests encompass the light regulation of growth and development, control of root morphology, plant genetics, adaptation of plants to extreme environments (drought and cold stress), and the impact of global environmental change (i.e., increase in atmospheric CO2 level) on plant physiology and productivity. Approaches to address these interests include plant molecular biology, plant biochemistry, plant cell biology, and plant physiology. Faculty work with both model and agronomically important plants, including invasive species, using facilities such as a greenhouse and a controlled environment bay (with nine individually controlled growth chambers).