Our research investigates the physiology of organ specific processes and how they interact at the whole-plant level. Investigations, so far, have involved everything from small herbs to crops and mature trees. The results have implications for crop farming practice and the well-being of natural ecosystems.
Additionally, we are investigating the presence and potential role for cytokinins in other living species, not related to plant kingdom, including bacteria, slime mold, nematodes, microalgae, seaweeds, insects, and even mammals. We want to understand how other organisms may use cytokinins to manipulate plant metabolism to their benefits.
Phylogenetic tree presented below contains representatives of the over 50 species tested so far in our laboratory for their cytokinin profiles.