Zakharov Lab

Welcome to the Zakharov Lab!


Apricots on the treeIn our lab, we are interested in understanding how volatile compounds are made in plants. Volatiles are small, lipophilic molecules that can be produced by virtually all plant parts. The presence of volatiles defines the characteristic scent of flowers and the aroma of fruits and vegetables. Volatiles are also important in many aspects of a plant’s life cycle: emission of volatiles from flowers can assist in attracting pollinators, and fruit volatiles are thought to attract seed dispersers. Leaf volatiles have been implicated in the plant’s natural defense mechanisms, by either acting as direct repellents of pests or by attracting natural predators of herbivore enemies.

University of California
Department of Plant Sciences
One Shields Avenue, Mail Stop 2
Davis, CA 95616

Lab – Wickson Hall, rooms 1042 and 1048
Office – Wickson Hall, room 1057
(See Wickson Hall on a map of the UC Davis campus.)  

Lab – 530-752-8069 or 530-752-6672
Office – 530-752-4374
Fax – 530-752-8502



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