Plant Environmental Physiology and Stress Signaling

How can we meet the future challenges of agriculture to face predicted climate change?

Identification of the molecular mechanisms by which plants respond and resist environmental stresses is crucial to understanding the mechanisms underlying plant resistance to these conditions, as well as essential for developing future engineering strategies to increase plant resistance to stresses.

Researchers at the PEPSS team are interested in studying the signal transduction mechanisms involved in the resistance of plants to abiotic environmental stresses, specifically droughts and soil pollutants, such as radionuclides. These abiotic constraints are indeed significant negative factors that limit plant growth and biomass production worldwide. Furthermore, these environmental stresses are important in light of the impact of climate change as well as the growing population that requires a greater amount of arable land in order to meet food and energy needs.