The leaf epidermis: optimizing defense, water loss and CO2 entry

Transverse section of a leaf

Description

In leaves as in our skin, the leaf epidermis is the first line of defense and protection against  abiotic and biotic stresses. it is also the site of direct exchange with the atmosphere, in particular for CO2 entry and water escape, and for defense.  We are interested in the genetic coordination between epidermal development and the development of internal tissues, and in leaf structure-function relationships during gas exchange and response to thermal stress or low atmospheric humidity.

Projects are available toinvestigate the patterning and surface characteristics of leaves and avenues manipulate them for better plant adaptation to dry or hot climates.

Interested students: Please contact Josette.masle@anu.edu.au

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