Andrea P.

Plants employ impressive strategies to cope with environmental stress. We study how plants respond to challenging conditions; how perceived stress signals are transduced, amplified and translated into appropriate defenses and physiological adaptations.  Research focus is on rapid and universal reactions that i) are wide-spread in the plant kingdom and that ii) are triggered by various types of stress. Diverse molecular biology methodologies are employed to investigate e.g. mitogen-activated protein kinases, multiple stress-responsive transcription factors, reactive oxygen species and protective antioxidants. Bioinformatics tools and algorithms assist the prediction or specification of hypothesized signaling mechanisms and pathways. Arabidopsis thaliana is used as model organism. Agriculturally important species are progressively more included in the analyses.

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