The combined effects of UV and desiccation on dryland mosses of the genus Syntrichia

Desert and dryland mosses spend much of their time in a desiccated and quiescent state—a strategy that allows them to avoid some physiological stress when water is limited or absent. However, these plants must still deal with consequences of their harsh environment upon rehydration and ‘waking up.’ To understand more about how dryland mosses cope with or limit damage from the environment while desiccated, I am investigating the mechanisms UV radiation protection in two dryland mosses from the genus Syntrichia using transcriptomcis and metabolomics with controlled growth-chamber experiments.

Jenna Ekwealor
Jenna Ekwealor
PhD Candidate

I am a UC Berkeley PhD Candidate studying evolution & ecology of desiccation-tolerant desert mosses.