Welcome to our lab at the University of Alberta.
Both water and plants are essential for our existence on Earth. The long-term goal of our research group is to study water transport processes in plants and to understand how plants cope with environmental stress including drought.
We try to integrate research on xylem physiology and aquaporins in order to get a more complete understanding of how water moves from roots to leaves, and how transport relates to a plant's environment.
We study plant water use on different levels, beginning with the molecular control of water uptake by roots, continuing with the dynamics of xylem transport, and ending with the stomatal control of water flow in leaves.
A long-term goal is to identify traits that would allow breeding for plants that are more drought tolerant and are able to grow under a wide variety of environmental conditions. Another goal is to understand more specifically how drought causes forest dieback. These goals have practical implications in light of our changing climate.