Dr. Michael Kane’s lab research is focused on the genotypic selection and production of aquatic/wetland plants and other native species, including studies on native orchids. This research is facilitated through the application of in vitro plant culture procedures (micropropagation). Ecotypic effects on field growth performance of native wetland and coastal plants under laboratory and greenhouse conditions and in restored habitats and/or retention ponds are also studied. These studies are further supported through delineation of genetic diversity within and between native plant populations using DNA fingerprinting technology. Dr. Kane also has a long-term interest in developmental plant physiology; including studies of the environmental and hormonal regulation of aquatic plant growth and development using in vitro culture techniques.