B.S., East Tennessee State University, Biology/History
Ph.D., Ohio State University, Plant Pathology/Physiology
- Nitrogen fixation and nitrogen assimilation in alfalfa.
- Molecular modification of plant carbon and nitrogen metabolism.
- New uses for alfalfa in sustainable agriculture and ground water remediation.
- Plant adaptations for phosphorus (P) stress.
- Functional genomics of N2 fixation and root development in legumes.
Current or Planned Experiments
- Characterize plant genes involved in nitrogen and carbon metabolism.
- Use of sense and antisense technology to modify plant metabolism.
- Use of transgenic technology to develop alfalfa genotypes for biomass and bioremediation.
- Assess the role of organic acids and nonphotosynthetic carbon dioxide fixation in improving plant phosphorus metabolism.
- Develop alfalfa genotypes for use in ground water quality improvement.
- Identify and characterize white lupin genes important to P stress adaptation.
- Use RNAi to characterize the functional role of root nodule and root genes.
- Sue Miller (Plant Physiologist)
- Jamie O'Rourke (Research Associate)
- Bruna Bucciarelli (Plant Physiologist)
- Junqi Liu (Post-Doc)