Araştırma • Araştırma Konuları
Plant Nutrition and Physiology
Computer controlled plant growth chamber
Localization of zinc (stained in red color) in wheat seed
The group in Sabanci University is mainly investigating micronutrient deficiencies and heavy metal toxicities in crop plants. Special attention is being paid to biofortification of wheat with micronutrients, especially zinc, selenium and iron. In addition, an intensive research is going on to evaluate the use of organic wastes of Istanbul Metropolitan as compost in agricultural production. Heavy metal uptake, transport and accumulation in plants, phytoremediation, role of oxygen free radicals and antioxidants in stressed plants are other research areas of interest.
Faculty Members: Ismail Cakmak, Levent Ozturk, Hikmet Budak, Zehra Sayers
Ozturk L, Yazici MA, Yucel C, Torun A, Ozkan H, Braun HJ, Sayers Z, Cakmak I (2006) Concentration and localization of zinc during seed development and germination in wheat. Physiol Plant (in press)
Cakmak, I. 2005: The role of potassium in alleviating detrimental effects of abiotic stresses in plants. J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 168: 521-530
I. Cakmak, I., Torun, A., Millet, E., Feldman, M., Fahima, T., Korol, A., Nevo, E., Braun, H.J. and Ozkan, H. 2004: Triticum dicoccoides: An important genetic resource for increasing zinc and iron concentration in modern cultivated wheat. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr. 50:1047-1054.