Molecular Plant Physiology,
Global Change Biology & Photosynthesis
Department of Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
Research on the Biology of Trees, Global Change & Photosynthesis
Our goal: A better understanding of tree responses to environmental change for productive and resilient forests – From molecular to leaf, species and ecosystem levels.
The importance of photosynthesis and carbon uptake in defining the extent and scale of predicted future global environmental change is a major theme of our research. We investigate interactions of temperature, photoperiod, water availability and biotic stresses, and how metabolic imbalances caused by these stresses are used as signals for the regulation of primary carbon and isoprenoid metabolism of trees.
Areas of Research
See the list of current projects and find more details about our ongoing research
Environmental stress physiology of plants
How do plants adapt and acclimate to environmental change?
How will heat, drought and pests impact trees in the future? Will warming increase the forest carbon sink?
Response of photosynthesis and carbon metabolism to low temperature
Research in conifers to understand low temperature acclimation and freezing resistance
UTM was hit with a big snow storm today, which reminded us here at the lab that it is still winter, despite the higher than normal temperatures this year! The environmental signals used by trees to sense seasonality and trigger dormancy and development of cold acclimation, are the decrease in temperature and the length of photoperiod during the autumn. Increasing…
Happy holidays and happy new year! It is the first week back from the winter break and in this new year, we hope to accomplish more of our resolutions and research goals !
Congrats to Bridget on the award for her oral presentation at the 2022 AGU conference ! In her presentation, titled: “Coming in hot: increased carbon losses and reduced growth under warming in two genotypes of field-grown white spruce” ! Bridget presented her work on climate change impacts and the effect of warming in different white spruce genotypes. In her talk she…
The Douglas-fir transcriptome has gotten a great new update! The paper “A long-read and short-read transcriptomics approach provides the first high-quality reference transcriptome and genome annotation for Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas-fir) ” was accepted early this month. With conifer transcriptomes still needing to be refined and completed, this paper provides a novel approach which led to a new reference transcriptome and genome annotation for Douglas fir and…
Grad students Siyu, Bridget, Anchalya and Noelle represented the Ensminger lab wonderfully at the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists Eastern Regional Meeting! They were the first talks of the day in the same session and and gave everyone an understanding on their amazing work on conifer biology and abiotic stress. Speaking of stress, it seems like despite the added grad…