NRESS PhD Program Environmental Sciences Seminar Series

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Morgan Furze

Post-Doctoral Associate, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale University

Understanding Whole-plant Nonstructural Carbohydrate Storage in a Changing World

Join colleagues and friends for this week’s Environmental Sciences Seminar, with guest speaker Dr. Morgan Furze.

More about Dr. Furze’s talk:

Nonstructural carbohydrates (NSCs) play a critical role in plant physiology and metabolism. When NSCs are stored, they serve as a food pantry that enables sessile, long-lived plants to survive during unfavorable environmental conditions when their ability to make new NSCs is impaired. While there is growing evidence linking NSCs with stress tolerance and survival, critical questions about the size of the carbohydrate “food pantry” and how quickly it is used up and replenished remain unresolved. In this seminar Dr. Furze will share two stories about trees, one close to home and one across the globe. First, she quantified carbohydrate storage in temperate species at Harvard Forest to determine the size and seasonal dynamics of whole-tree NSC reserves over the course of a year. Second, she combined a long-term warming experiment with 13C-CO2 pulse labeling and compound-specific isotope analysis to trace sugars throughout whole-trees exposed to warming representative of future temperature predictions for Australia. Dr. Furze will end by discussing how novel in vivo techniques hold promise for monitoring NSCs, and how together these tools will help to improve our ability to predict plant responses to stress in a changing world.

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