The Winter lab studies the biochemical-physiological foundations of how tropical plants interact with the environment and respond to environmental stress.
Topics of current research include:
- Responses of tropical plant species to pre-industrial, current-ambient and elevated concentrations of atmospheric CO2. Experiments compare responses of legumes and non-legumes, lianas and trees, angiosperms and gymnosperms, and investigate interactions between [CO2] and soil nutrient status, soil water status and temperature.
- Adaptation and acclimation of tropical plants to high temperatures.
- Inhibition of photosynthesis by excess light (photoinhibition), protective mechanisms against excess light (photoprotection).
- Functional significance and evolutionary origins of CAM photosynthesis in tropical species of Orchidaceae, Bromeliaceae and Clusiaceae.