Among halophytes, mangrove plant communities represent a diverse taxonomic group that are adapted to tropical intertidal coastal ecosystems. Convergent evolution is evident at the morphological level, although different mangrove species carry diverse physiological and life history traits to adapt to a common habitat. We investigate shared evolutionary mechanims for salt stress tolerance among other abiotic stresses at the transcriptome level in diverse mangroves, salt marsh plants, sea grass, plants from salt flats, and other coastal habitats.
FOCUS 3: Explore Shared Evolutionary Paths in Stress Adaptation
Avicennia dominant mangrove community, Twin Cays, Belize
Rhizophora dominant mango community, Maadu River, Sri Lanka
(left) Plantago coronopus, Ireland
(right) Armeria maritima, Ireland
(left) Plantago maritima
and (right) Spergularia rupicola,