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Project Goals:..............Elucidating the physiology and biochemistry of anatomical structures that evolved to accumulate secretions
Secretory structures in terrestrial plants appear to have first emerged as intracellular oil bodies in liverworts. In vascular plants, internal secretory structures, such as resin ducts and laticifers, are usually found in conjunction with vascular bundles, whereas subepidermal secretory cavities and epidermal glandular trichomes generally have more complex tissue distribution patterns. The primary function of plant secretory structures is related to defense responses, both constitutive and induced, against herbivores and pathogens. The ability to sequester secondary (or specialized) metabolites and defense proteins in secretory structures was a critical adaptation that shaped plant-herbivore and plant-pathogen interactions. We are using integrative approaches - which include anatomical measurements and statistical analyses, physiological studies, transcriptomics/proteomics/metabolomics - to generate input data for mathematical models that capture flux distribution across primary and specialzied metabolism.
Online databases and toolkits
YASMEnv - A set of tools to create and analyze stoichiometric metabolic models.
Mint Genomics Resource - Database for all aspects of research on the mint family
Selected Recent Publications
Liu C., Srividya N., Parrish A.N., Yue W., Shan M., Wu Q., Lange B.M. (2018) Morphology of glandular trichomes of Japanese catnip (Schizonepeta tenuifolia Briquet) and developmental dynamics of their secretory activity. Phytochemistry 150, 23-30.
Turner G.W., Lange B.M. (2015) Ultrastructure of grapefruit secretory cavities and immunocytochemical localization of (+)-limonene synthase. Int. J. Plant Sci., 176, 643-661. Link