Session 2: Co2 acquisition
Diana Santelia is a group leader in the Institute of Integrative Bioloy in the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH of Zurich (https://swissplantscienceweb.unibas.ch/en/santelia/). Diana’s lab goals at understanding the molecular mechanisms of carbon partitioning (between starch and sugars) during water deficit and more generally the role of carbon metabolism in drought tolerance. An on-going focus of her research is the understanding of the contribution of starch and sucrose metabolism in the regulation of stomatal movement in guard cells over the diurnal cycle and in response to mild water deficit. In these conditions, the partial closure of stomata can be sufficient to sustain plant performance, thus making guard cells a putative target to engineer drought avoidance in plants with minimal alterations of yield.