Progress in 2002
In order to tackle the complex problem of the role of calcium homeostasis
in plant gravitational biology, researchers came together over five projects.
We have chosen two major systems for our studies: Arabidopsis for the
molecular studies and the maize pulvinus for the biochemical studies.
However, where it was necessary to solve a specific problem or where we
have existing expertise, other plant systems were used. The research synergy
is such that there are multiple co-investigators participating in each
of the five projects. This approach has resulted in highly integrated
research thrusts, listed below as Projects I - V: