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Forest Biology Research Center

Physiology Members


Alison M. Berry
Department: Plant Sciences
E-mail: amberry@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 5307527683
Research: -Biology and ecology of nitrogen-fixing woody plants. -Genomics and molecular biology of tree rhizosphere microorganisms. -Tree root systems: architecture and impacts on human infrastructure. -Patterns of tree failure in landscape trees.
Matt Busse
Department: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
E-mail: mbusse@fs.fed.us
Phone: 530-759-1721
Don Durzan
Department: Plant Sciences
E-mail: djdurzan@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530 752-0399
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Research: Cellular Biotechnologies: 1. Anti-cancer drug production in conifer cell suspension cultures. 2. Tissue engineering in simulated microgravity. 3. Developmentally controlled programmed cell death (apoptosis). 4. Intermediary nitrogen metabolism with emphasis on amino acids, guanidino compounds, and control of nitric oxide bursts under stressful conditions. 5. Tracking of mitosis, meiosis, and restitutional divisions that predispose apomictic parthenogenesis and androsporogenesis. 6. Simulation of Mesozoic and Permian environmental conditions for the alternation of generations in cell suspensions of extant conifers. Tree Improvement: 1. Monozygotic cleavage polyembryony for cloning and capturing genetic gains in tree breeding and improvement programs. 2. Feedforward and feedback bioprocess controls for an artificial sporangium. 3. Adaptive plasticity in pluripotent cell lineages. 4. Underutilized horticultural and forest species. International Programs: 1. Training programs for newly industrialized countries. 3. Development of value-added biomass products for commercialization. 4. Opportunities for semi-tropical horticulture and forest production.
Andrew Groover
Department: Institute of Forest Genetics
E-mail: agroover@fs.fed.us
Phone: 530-759-1738
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Research: My lab uses molecular genetic and genomic tools to understand the biological processes regulating secondary growth and wood formation. We use the model genus, Populus, for most of our research.
William Horwath
Department: Land, Air and Water Resources
E-mail: wrhorwath@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 530 754-6029
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Research: My interest is in the biogeochemistry of agricultural, forest and wetland systems. I am particularly interested soil organic matter dynamics including controls on greenhouse gas emissions, dissolved organic carbon, water use efficiency in agriculture and forests and long-term soil sustainability. I use stable isotopes to probe soil processes and plant water relations. My work transcends the continuum from the microbial to plant scale. My goal is to understand the factors affecting ecosystem sustainability in light of the influence of management, disturbance and climate change.
Jim Richards
Department: LAWR
E-mail: jhrichards@ucdavis.edu
Phone: 303-513-7526
Research: cottonwood seedling establishment; heat, light, water stress responses; effects of nitrate vs ammonium nutrition under elevated carbon dioxide; root growth in saturated soils