In discovery of cytokinins.
Our research focuses on the physiology and biochemistry 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 investigate the presence and potential role for phytohormones cytokinins in living species not related to plant kingdom, including bacteria, fungi, protists, and animals. We want to understand how other organisms may use cytokinins to communicate with plants and manipulate plant metabolism to their benefits. Watch Dr. Megan Aoki (Emery Lab alumna) explain more about our work in the discovery of cytokinins.