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Computational investigation of drought-resistance in plants

Diwakar Shukla, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Photosynthetic plants are the principal source of food and biofuels on planet. Much as adrenaline coursing through our veins drives our body's reactions to stress, the plant hormones are behind plants' responses to stressful situations such as water and nutrient shortage, fluctuations in temperature, light, carbon dioxide concentration, etc. In this project, plant kinases and phosphatases involved in response to these external stresses are investigated to elucidate the molecular basis of drought-resistance in plants.