Plant Physiology

fisiologia vegetale ok 1 descrizioneThe Research Unit of Plant Physiology studies several functional features of plant development and response to stress: growth, organogenesis, senescence and physiological performances are analyzed under different dimensional scales, that span from molecular interactions to whole organisms. Also the experimental systems under investigation encompass a wide range of cases, by involving model species, plants grown for food or ornamental purposes, as well as wild plants from land and aquatic environments. The study of plant physiology is therefore addressed through multiple approaches, in order to integrate knowledge arising from studies at different degrees of complexity. Further research lines deal with nutraceutical substances of plant food, with the aim of evaluating the nutritional importance (as well as the anti-nutritional constituents) of seeds, fruits and vegetables.

The Unit includes also researchers engaged in microbiological studies aimed at environmental remediation.

More in detail, the Plant Physiology Unit operates on the following research topics:

  • Physiology of seeds
  • Biosynthesis, metabolism and signal transduction of plant growth regulators
  • Developmental processes and senescence of higher plants
  • Physiology of abiotic stresses
  • Nutraceutical constituents of plant foods
  • Biotechnology for environmental remediation


Staff of the Plant Physiology Unit:

Associate Professors:
Francesco Licausi
Riccardo Di Mambro
Beatrice Giuntoli

Debora Fontanini
Carlo Sorce
Carmelina Spanò

TA Staff:
Stefania Bottega
Simona Di Gregorio
Lara Lombardi

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