Yutao Zou (PhD student)

During my BSc and MSc, I gradually became curious about salt responses in plants. Salt sensing is a requirement to survive under high salinity, yet to date, the Na+-sensing mechanism in plants is still unknown. My research is focused on identification and characterization of Na+-specific sensors in Arabidopsis. To approach this goal, I explore natural variation in Na+-specific inhibition of root gravitropism to identify sensor candidates with GWAS (genome wide association study) screening. My side study focusses on RLKs & ethylene signaling in salt sensing and salt tolerance.