Barbara Demmig-Adams
Professor of Distinction & Director of EBIO Honors Program

Ph.D., University of Wurzburg, Germany

Ramaley C434 (office)
303-492-5541
barbara.demmig-adams@colorado.edu

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Barbara  Demmig-Adams
Research Interests

1) Plant Physiological Ecology: We integrate the ecology, physiology, and anatomy of plants. A unifying theme of our studies is the question of how plants survive and thrive in their natural environment and what mechanisms and genes are responsible for the acclimation and adaptation of plants to extreme environmental conditions. We compare and contrast these characteristics among plant species with different growth patterns and acclimation strategies. One focus of our work is the role of plant carotenoids.

2) Human diet-gene interactions: I sponsor undergraduate independent literature research in this area that frequently leads to publication of student-authored comprehensive reviews for audiences of clinicians, nutritionists and/or teachers.

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Selected Publications

Demmig-Adams B, Koh SC, Cohu CM, Muller O, Stewart JJ, Adams WW III (2014) Non-photochemical quenching in contrasting plant species and environments. 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

Demmig-Adams B, Cohu CM, Muller O, Adams WW III (2014) Photoprotection and the trade-off between abiotic and biotic defense. 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

Demmig-Adams B, Stewart JJ, Adams WW III (2014) 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 269: 20130244  http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1640/20130244.full

Cohu CM, Muller O, Adams WW III, Demmig-Adams B (2014) Leaf anatomical and photosynthetic acclimation to cool temperature and high light in two winter versus two summer annuals. Physiologia Plantarum http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ppl.12154/abstract

Cohu CM, Lombardi E, Adams WW III, Demmig-Adams B (2014) Increased nutritional quality of plants for long-duration spaceflight missions through choice of plant variety and manipulation of growth conditions. Acta Astronautica 94: 799-806 available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576513003792

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

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

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

Demmig-Adams B, Rixham CS, Adams WW III (2012) Carotenoids. In Mc Graw Hill Enclopedia of Science & Technology.  McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 549-555 available at http://www.accessscience.com/content/carotenoids/110600

Dumlao MR, Darehshouri A, Cohu CM, Muller O, Mathias J, Adams WW III, Demmig-Adams B (2012) Low temperature acclimation of photosynthetic capacity and leaf morphology in the context of phloem loading type. Photosynthesis Research 113: 181-189 available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11120-012-9762-5/fulltext.html