Plant Performance

Questions we would like to address:

Curiosity driven:
  • How do plant partition their reserves, e.g., carbohydrates over the various organs
  • Under sub-optimal conditions, e.g. drought, some plants perform better than others. What is the background of such differences ?
  • Mechanisms of stress responses in plants: common pathways within plants and between species?

More practical:

  • Some important crop plants perform poorly when given light for a too long period. What is the mechanism behind this phenomenon, and are there ways to avoid it ?
  • Plant growth is often reduced by a limited supply of nutrients, e.g. nitrogen. Is it possible to improve the nutrient use efficiency of plants? To this end we study genetic and physiological aspects of nitrogen use efficiency