Phone: 573-882-2672 or 573-882-2675
371E Bond Life Sciences Center
Mannie Liscum is a professor of biological sciences and associate dean of graduate studies. He is also part of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). The Liscum lab employs the Arabidopsis plant as a model to study how plants alter their growth and development in response to subtle and rapid environmental changes. Primarily Liscum studies the molecular mechanisms of phototropism, or how plants grow toward or away from directional light. The lab’s research has lead to advances in: understanding how the primary phototropic photoreceptor initiates signaling; understanding how certain proteins affect the signaling process; understanding how various plant hormones are integrated into the signal-response system; and unraveling how phototropic responses impact plant ecology and evolution. On a more practical note, the Liscum lab has found that signaling from the phototropic photoreceptor has influence on water acquisition and usage, as well as response to plant pathogens. These findings could aid scientists working toward engineering crop plants that are more tolerant to drought and the detrimental effects of pathogens.
Lab site: Liscum Lab