Nicholas Bantz Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Philip Villani Butler UniversityMy project investigates the function of hormones and signal molecules in the regulation of bud development in the bryophyte moss species, Ceratodon purpureus. Common plant hormones abscisic acid (ABA), gibberellic acid (GA), benzylaminopurine (BA), and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) along with the signal molecule calcium (Ca2+) will be tested for their effect on gametophyte bud development in C. purpureus. This will provide new information on hormones and the growth process of a moss species that has not been well-documented in the past. I will grow Ceratodon purpureus cultures and expose them to the hormones mentioned above in varying concentrations to elucidate their functions on the gametophyte bud formation step of the growth cycle of C. purpureus. Knowledge gained from research on bryophytes such as C. purpureus lends itself to a wider understanding of land plants as a whole as bryophytes are among the first land plants and have a common ancestor with many economically important land plant species.
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Irwin Library 3rd Floor