Plants in aquatic environments: seagrasses and wetland plants

Aquatic plants present morphological and molecular differentiation from terrestrial plants due to their adaptation to the water environment, but still little is known about them mainly due to accessibility difficulties. In our research group, we focus our studies on two models of aquatic plants: marine plants (seagrasses) and freshwater plants (wetlands).

Seagrasses and wetland plants studied are globally distributed and play an essential role in coastal protection, carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling. Climate change and other human activities are affecting seagrasses and wetland plant populations posing a threat to these ecosystems. By studying oxidative stress markers and mechanisms of stress tolerance, we aim at better understanding their ecophysiology with the hope of consequently helping improve ecosystem management in the near future.