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How do plants modulate their nutrient resources during stress and development?

Plants possess the remarkable ability to produce their own energy through photosynthesis. However, under stress or during non-photosynthetic tissue development, plants need alternative resources to meet their energy demands. As they are immobile, plants rely on internal resources as their sole energy source.

Research at the Tamar Avin-Wittenberg lab focuses on understanding how plants break down cellular components to obtain nutrients for energy during stress and development. We focus on autophagy, a cellular degradation and recycling mechanism. We aim to bridge the gap between the cellular and whole-plant levels, understanding how molecular mechanisms influence plant physiology. By using molecular and metabolic techniques, we seek to enhance our knowledge of plant resilience and metabolic adaptability.

The knowledge gained from this research has potential applications in agriculture and ecology, offering valuable information on plant biology and strategies for coping with challenging conditions.   

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