William Adams III

Ph.D., Australian National University, 1987

Ramaley C434 (office)
Ramaley C460 (lab)

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William Adams III
Research Interests We take an integrative approach to synthesize the ecology, physiology, and anatomy of plants in a comparative framework. We define our questions in the natural, changing environment and follow the answers to the molecular or ultra-structural level. A unifying theme of our studies is the question of how plants survive and thrive in their natural environment and what mechanisms are responsible for the acclimation and adaptation of plants to extreme environmental conditions. We identify the physiological and structural traits (and hopefully the associated genes) that protect plants, and particularly their ability to collect solar energy, perform photosynthesis, and distribute sugars throughout the plant. We compare these characteristics among plant species with contrasting growth patterns and acclimation strategies.
Selected Publications

Adams WW III, Muller O, Cohu CM, Demmig-Adams B (2014) Photosystem II efficiency and non-photochemical quenching in the context of source-sink balance. In Demmig-Adams B, Adams WW III, Garab G, Govindjee (eds) Non-Photochemical Fluorescence Quenching and Energy Dissipation in Plants, Algae, and Cyanobacteria. Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration. Springer, Dordrecht, in press

Adams WW III, Cohu CM, Amiard V, Demmig-Adams B (2014) Associations between phloem-cell wall ingrowths in minor veins and maximal photosynthesis rate. Frontiers in Plant Science, in press

Muller O, Cohu CM, Stewart JJ, Protheroe JA, Demmig-Adams B, Adams WW III (in press) Association between photosynthesis and contrasting features of minor veins in leaves of summer annuals loading phloem via symplastic versus apoplastic routes. Physiologia Plantarum, in press

Demmig-Adams B, Stewart JJ, Adams WW III (in press) Multiple feedbacks between chloroplast and whole plant in the context of plant adaptation and acclimation to the environment.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, in press

Adams WW III, Muller O, Cohu CM, Demmig-Adams B (2013) May photoinhibition be a consequence, rather than a cause, of limited plant productivity? Photosynthesis Research 117: 31-44 available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11120-013-9849-7/fulltext.html

Adams WW III, Cohu CM, Muller O, Demmig-Adams B (2013) Foliar phloem infrastructure in support of photosynthesis. Frontiers in Plant Science 4: 194 available at http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpls.2013.00194/full

Cohu CM, Muller O, Demmig-Adams B, Adams WW III (2013) Minor loading vein acclimation for Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes in response to growth under different temperature and light regimes. Frontiers in Plant Science 4: 240 available at http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpls.2013.00240/full

Cohu CM, Muller O, Stewart JJ, Demmig-Adams B, Adams WW III (2013) Association between minor loading vein architecture and light- and CO2-saturated photosynthetic oxygen evolution among Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes from different latitudes. Frontiers in Plant Science 4: 264 available at http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpls.2013.00264/full

Demmig-Adams B, Amiard V, Cohu CM, Muller O, van Zadelhoff G, Veldink GA, Adams WW III (2013) Emerging trade-offs – impact of photoprotectants (PsbS, xanthophylls, and vitamin E) on oxylipins as regulators of development and defense. New Phytologist 197: 720-729 available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nph.12100/full

Demmig-Adams B, Cohu CM, Muller O, Adams WW III (2012) Modulation of photosynthetic energy conversion efficiency in nature: from seconds to seasons. Photosynthesis Research 113: 75-88 available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11120-012-9761-6/fulltext.html

Adams WW III, Demmig-Adams B (2012) Photoprotection (Plants). In McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 11th Edition, Vol. 13. McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 490-493 available at http://www.accessscience.com/content/photoprotection-plants/900153

Demmig-Adams B, Cohu CM, Adams WW III (2012) Dealing with the Hazards of Harnessing Sunlight. Nature Education Knowledge 4(1):18 available at http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/dealing-with-the-hazards-of-harnessing-sunlight-83031977