The photosynthetic effects of reduced UV on desert moss Syntrichia caninervis

UV-reducing and UV-transmitting windows over Syntrichia caninervis cushions in the Mojave Desert.

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 of UV radiation protection in Syntrichia caninervis using a year-long UV reduction experiment in the Mojave Desert.

Jenna Ekwealor
Jenna Ekwealor
PhD Candidate

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