The Matthews Lab
Welcome to the Matthews Lab
The Matthews laboratory at the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology is interested in understanding how plants interact with the physio-chemical environment, particularly with respect to plant water relations.
Our long-term objective is to contribute to the improved use of limited resources in crop production by identifying and modifying the physiological mechanisms by which plants respond to limited resource availability.
On the fundamental side, investigations center on water transport, cell expansion, and reproductive development. On the applied side, field research is directed towards improving the ability to identify and regulate water and nutrient status, cataloging the consequences of resource limitations for growth and development of grapevines, and experimentally testing received knowledge of wine grape production.