In collaboration with the Allen Discovery Centre at Tufts, we are investigating the role of endogenous bioelectric signalling and the effects of external electric fields on plant morphogenesis. Specifically, we are using live imaging, basic electrophysiology and molecular genetics to understand the regulation of cell membrane potential in relation with pattern formation and tissue self-organization.
- Are membrane potentials in plants organized in functional spatial and temporal patterns?
- Is any aspect of root regeneration regulated by bioelectric signalling?
- Is any aspect of lateral root formation regulated by bioelectric signalling?
- Can we perturb bioelectric patterns in a way to modify morphogenesis in plants?