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Understanding the molecular mechanism of plant defense systems is critical in determining how plants defend themselves against various stresses, including pathogens and applying this knowledge to improve agricultural production and protect the environment against negative impact from pesticides and fungicides.

The long-term goal of our laboratory is to understand the molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways to induce plant resistance against various environmental stresses including pathogen infection and apply this knowledge to protect plants from diseases and stresses. We use many modern biological techniques to achieve our goal.

Currently we focus on three aspects: 1. Calcium (Ca2+) signaling and cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channels (CNGCs), 2. The role of the mitochondrial outer membrane TTM proteins in immunity and senescence and 3. Bio-immunization of crop plants for agricultural application. Please visit our research section for the details of our research!