Dr. Mary A. Bisson
My laboratory has examined salt stress in algae, with particular interest in turgor regulation (osmotic stress) and sodium homeostasis, using primarily electrophysiology and related biophysical techniques, although molecular and cell techniques are also applied where relevant. Our work has primarily been with Chara, an alga closely related to the line that gave rise to hirer plants, and which shows wide variability in salt tolerance, and which may be a useful source of information and genes to generate salt-tolerant crops. We also do comparative studies on a distantly related green alga, Valonia. Recently we have expanded our work to look at the possible use of Charophytes for phytoremediation of metal-contaminated soils.
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