Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying floral organ development. Main focus is how organs, tissues, and cells arise and how their functions.
Current research compares the mechanisms by which floral organs become photosynthetically active in different members of the mustard plant family (Brassicaceae). The photosynthetic activity of floral organs is an important source of energy for developing seeds. This energy is used, in part, to generate seed oil. There is plenty left to learn about this process, particularly on a molecular level.