The role of natural UV radiation in biology of desert mosses
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 role of UV radiation in stress (including desiccation) tolerance and photosynthesis in Syntrichia caninervis using a variety of field and laboratory experiments.
- Transcriptomic effects of acute ultraviolet radiation exposure on two 𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙖 mosses
- Natural ultraviolet radiation exposure alters photosynthetic biology and improves recovery from desiccation in a desert moss
- Genotypic confirmation of a biased phenotypic sex ratio in a dryland moss using restriction fragment length polymorphisms
- Wonders of a dryland moss
- To dry perchance to live: insights from the genome of the desiccation-tolerant biocrust moss 𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙖 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙨