Molecular Plant Physiology

We investigate sugar-, light- and high temperature-mediated signal transduction mechanisms and how this controls growth, in plants. In addition, we study carbon metabolism. Sugars activate signaling systems that lead to altered gene expression and a variety of plant responses that include resource allocation and growth. Similarly light and high temperatures have profound effects on plant gene expression, architecture and floral transition. These processes are investigated using molecular, genetical and physiological methods in the model system Arabidopsis and crops. In addition, we study the potential of the aquatic fern Azolla for the bio-based economy (movie).