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Presented by D’Erica Boskie

Stomata are micropores on the epidermis of the aerial part of plants. They are essential structures that open and close to regulate gas exchange, thus facilitating photosynthesis, and controlling water loss. Plants with different stomatal densities exhibit differential carbon assimilation as well as drought tolerance rates. Understanding stomatal development is of potential interest for agricultural applications.

In this study, several SBTs that are expressed in leaves are selected to be examined for DNA interruption and the RNA expression. Once a knock-out mutant of a SBT gene is confirmed, phenotypic analysis on stomatal formation and plant morphology will be followed to evaluate the function of the SBT gene.


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