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.
Cessna S, Adams WW III, Demmig-Adams B 2010 Exploring photosynthesis and plant stress using inexpensive chlorophyll fluorometers. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 39, 22-30
Berthier A, Desclos M, *Amiard V, Morvan-Bertrand A, Demmig-Adams B, Adams WW III, Turgeon R, Prud