Flavor and aroma biology of fruit and vegetable crops; molecular and biochemical aspects of aroma volatile formation and regulation during fruit development and after harvest
Agricultural Plant Biology
Plant-plant interactions, plant molecular genetics, parasitic weeds
Phytonutrient biochemistry and physiology; Biosynthesis, accumulation and function of carotenoids and polyphenols in plants; Targeted improvement of crop phytonutrient composition and content for enhanced nutritional and medicinal values.
Plant adaptation to a changing climate, genetics and genomics of leafy salad crops, non-food woody biomass crops for bioenergy. Sustainability, ecosystem services, plants and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Plant reproduction: Embryo sac development (Arabidopsis and Rice); Functional genomics: small RNAs, microbiomes (Rice)
Plant breeding, genetics and genomics of quantitative traits; quantitative genetics; use of wild species in crop and germplasm improvement; QTL introgression; marker-assisted selection and genomics in breeding.
The impact of tree water status on productivity and the water relations and physiological activity of fruit
Computational and statistical plant biology, crop and gene network modeling, quantitative and evolutionary genomics
Genetics of fruit crops - genetic diversity, germplasm use, pistachio breeding
My primary research interest is in the discovery and understanding of the function of genes in forest trees, especially those controlling complex traits