Plant Biotechnology and Plant Biology
Issues of Interest:
Heavy metal contamination in the salt marsh ecosystem.
- To study the
role of Spartina alterniflora in salt marsh processes dealing with
heavy metal contamination using biotechnology/molecular tools.
- Technology development
- in vitro methods and gene transfer/regeneration of transgenic S. alterniflora.
- To use axenic
(microbe-free) lines of S. alterniflora to the study Spartina-microbe
interactions in the transformation and release of mercury contaminants in
the salt marsh ecosystem.
- To develop a
Spartina-based biosensor for heavy metal contaminants using genetically
engineered S. alterniflora.
- To adapt axenic
lines of S. alterniflora (recently developed in this lab) for studies
to understand Spartina-microbe interactions that control transformation
and release of mercury contaminants in salt marshes.
- To develop a
transgenic system for S. alterniflora.
To develop a gene transfer system,
(2) To develop an in vitro regeneration
(3) To integrate gene transfer and regeneration
systems to produce transgenic S. alterniflora.
of Salt Marshes in Georgia: Potential Causes and Remedies
Chandra Franklin (Savannah State Univ., Savannah,
GA, USA) and Jan MacKinnon (Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal
Resources Division, Brunswick, GA, USA)
on standardized marsh monitoring protocols
Biotechnology: Development of In Vitro Methods and Genetic Engineering Technology
for Spartina alterniflora to Assess the Ecological Impact of Heavy
Metal Contamination in Salt Marsh Ecosystems
Franklin (Savannah State Univ., Savannah, GA, USA)