Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Botany researchers publish on the link between circadian rhythm and plant physiological traits

Researchers in Botany Department (Christie Edwards, Brent Ewers and Cynthia Weinig) along with colleagues at Dartmouth College have published one of the first studies in the journal Genetics, that shows how variations in circadian rhythm regulates physiological traits such as photosynthesis and stomatal conductance.

Circadian rhythm or clock impacts all life forms. For people who travel long distances experience this as jet lag and it takes several days to acclimate to the new location. These findings can lead to better understanding of a plant’s mechanistic controls over photosynthesis, and lead to the development of more drought resistant crops and also improve the efficiency of crop irrigation.

Click here to read the article in Genetics website.

Interested in learning the recent developments of this research? Please contact Dr. Weinig

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