Our lab works with the mustard plant Arabidopsis and brewer's yeast to identify and characterize how organisms transport and sequester essential ions such as calcium.
The goals of our studies are to characterize new plant transporters and define the mechanisms by which these transporters move ions into various compartments within the plant cell.
The basic science has immediate relevance to understanding signal transduction events. Our long range applied goals are to identify novel transporters and express them in crop plants in order to 'mine' nutrients out of the soil and into plants. In doing so, this could boost the levels of essential nutrients in plants.