My current work focuses on flooding survival mechanisms in plants. Climate change has greatly exacerbated the incidence and severity of flooding events and associated crop losses making this a very relevant research area. Although plant responses to flooding are well characterized, the genes and processes mediating the tremendous variation in tolerance and the molecular mechanisms underlying the survival strategies of wild species from flood-prone environments is largely unexplored. Using a combination of biochemical, molecular and genomic approaches in both wild species and Arabidopsis, we have been successful in identifying novel molecular processes and potential tolerance associated genes mediating survival strategies.
My research is funded by grants from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research. (NWO-VENI; NWO-ALW Open Competition; STW-OTP).