Dr. Michael Kane
Dr. Kane’s research is focused on development of in vitro propagation (micropropagation) systems for genotypic selection and production of aquatic/wetland, coastal plants and native orchids. The primary goal of his research is to develop environmentally sound production procedures for habitat restoration and plant reintroduction. He also examines genotypic effects on in vitro physiology and ex vitro field growth performance of micropropagated wetland and coastal plants in restored habitats. Delineation of genetic diversity within and between wetland and coastal plant populations is accomplished using DNA fingerprinting technology. Fundamental investigations of the environmental effects on and hormonal regulation of aquatic plant growth and development using in vitro culture techniques are also pursued. Research is conducted as part of the Plant Restoration Conservation and Propagation Biotechnology Program.