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Andrew Leakey's Laboratory

Balasaheb V. Sonawane

Balasaheb V Sonawane


His research investigates the underlying mechanisms in leaf carbon metabolism and hydraulics to climate change. Mainly, addressing how high temperature and drought influence CO2 and water movement inside the leaf, the enzymes involved in carbon assimilation, and ultimately their impacts on plant productivity and water-use efficiency. His research aims to identify exploitable leaf-level traits in C3 and C4 plants to develop climate-resilient crops. To achieve this goal, this research melds multidisciplinary approaches such as leaf physiology, biochemistry, leaf anatomy, and stable isotopes of carbon and oxygen of CO2 and H2O during leaf gas exchange in wild and crop plants.

Research Interests:  Plant Physiology and Biochemistry…