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Amy Litt

The New York Botanical Garden
200th St and Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10705


Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Microarrays, Sanger Sequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Sectioning for Histology, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transgenesis, RNA interference(RNAi)
Research Description: Evo-devo: Functional evolution of the MADS-box gene family in particular APETALA1/FRUITFULL genes. Molecular developmental basis of dry vs fleshy fruit development in Solanaceae. Evolution of novelty in land plants. Eco-evo: Molecular basis of a rapid evolution of earlier flowering time in response to drought in Brassica rapa. Other: Domestication of eggplant (phylogeography, phytochemistry, ethnobotany). The relationship among soil microbial diversity, soil microbial function, plant species diversity, and plant genetic diversity in forest ecosystems. Systematics and floral morphology of Vochysiaceae.
Lab Web Page: http://www.nybg.org/science/scientist_profile.php?id_scientist=12
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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