While a major research effort in the Gilroy Lab involves studying how plants grow in microgravity on the ISS, equally huge is ongoing plant research on the ground here in our lab at UW-Madison.
Last week, Won-Gyu’s paper on calcium signaling in Arabidopsis was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). He discovered that when roots are hit locally with salt stress, a calcium wave quickly spreads from the point of stress throughout the whole plant. This calcium wave plays a role in how plants communicate within themselves to coordinate a response.
UW-Madison communications posted a write-up about our calcium research today. Feel free to ask a question or to leave a comment below. Enjoy!