Overlap in UV radiation and desiccation tolerance in dryland mosses of the genus ๐™Ž๐™ฎ๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™–

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 โ€˜waking up.โ€™ 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
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellow studying evolutionary eco-physiology of stress tolerance in plants with the Smithsonian Institution Data Science Lab.