People at the PSRC
Mylaboratory is focused on virus-plant interactions. We are studying this from the
perspective of the virus and their
plant hosts. From the virus perspective, we are examining the interactions of the
various viral components. By
doing so, it will be possible to disrupt these interactions, thus preventing viral
infection. In addition, we are
characterizing unknown plant viruses. This will permit us to better diagnose infections
in the future. From the
host side, we are examining plant defenses against viral attack. We are studying this
in several ways. First, we are
examining cultivar variability as a source of virus resistance. Second, we are studying
plants with mutations in known
resistance signaling pathways to determine how these defects influence viral infection.
In addition, we are also
studying known plant genes involved in virus resistance to determine how their pattern
of expression influences pathogen
infection. Finally, we are performing studies to determine how plant nutrition influences
viral infection. The
hosts that we are using in these studies are mainly the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and ornamental plants in the
genus Pelargonium (geraniums). Thus, this research has both basic and applied components.
Plant, and more recently algal, ecological physiology and biochemistry, stress physiology and stress proteins (especially heat-shock proteins, or HSPs), photosynthesis and respiration, and nutrient relations. Most of the current and recent research is focused on the following on-going projects:
The Environmental Remediation and Restoration Laboratory at the University of Toledo is under the direction of Dr. Daryl Dwyer, Associate Professor of Ecology. Research objectives of the lab encompass modeling and understanding the interactions of soil, water, and plants and restoring converted or degraded sites to native habitat with remediation design as a sustainable goal. Current and past funding has come from United States Department of Agriculture, National Resource Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Lake Erie Protection Fund, and Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.
Our current projects include:
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Toledo
Inmy laboratory we are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating cell death decisions in plants. We are also interested in understanding the response of plants to abiotic and biottic stresses and more recently nutrient stress. We employ a molecular genetics approaches to isolate and study genes involved in such processes. Currently we have two projects in the lab.
Lake Erie Center
University of Toledo
|United States Department of Agriculture
Since its establishment in late 2002, the USDA-ARS Greenhouse Production Research Group in Toledo, OH has been building a research program focused on developing solutions to greenhouse crop production problems. We routinely visit representatives of the industry to transfer research findings to the industry and get insight into needed research for the future. We have approached our research from the perspective of plant nutrition and the interactions between plant nutrition and biotic and abiotic stress.
Research topics include:
Greenhouse Production Research Group
Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture