Funding for the project commenced 1 September 2006 and the collaborating groups have been engaged in a number of different activities. Publications can be found at https://trichome.natsci.msu.edu/publications/. Areas of research include:
- Detailed analysis of specialized metabolites from trichomes and other tissues from cultivated and wild tomato species and other plants in the Solanaceae (the nightshade family), including Solanum quitoense, Petunia species and Salpiglossis sinuata.
- Identification of specialized metabolic enzymes involved in synthesis and degradation of terpenes, flavonoids, acylsugars and alkaloids.
- Investigation of the evolution of these rapidly evolving specialized metabolic networks.
- Analysis of tomato mutants that have defective trichome development and specialized metabolite accumulation.