Mary A. Bisson


Mary A. Bisson.

Mary A. Bisson


Mary A. Bisson


Research Interests

Plant biology: responses to environmental stress

Contact Information

623 Hochstetter Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4978


  • PhD, Duke University

Office Hours

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday:  9:00 a.m.

Research Summary

Plant Ecophysiology: Interactions between plants and the environment, Salinity tolerance, Heavy metal accumulation, Interactions with nanoparticles

My laboratory examines salt and heavy metal stress in algae. We address questions of mechanisms of transport of relevant ions, including isotopic fluxes, chemical, biochemical, molecular and electrical analyses. We explore mechanisms of resistance, especially with regard to heavy metals, both in ionic form and as nanoparticles. We are also interested in the possibility of utilizing plants to clean up contaminated environments (phytoremediation). Our work has primarily been with Chara, an alga closely related to the line that gave rise to land plants, and which shows wide variability in salt tolerance. This species may be a useful source of information and genes to generate salt-tolerant crops, and is also currently used to clean up contaminated environments. Work on nanoparticles is primarily with Arabidopsis, in collaboration with the Chemistry Department.

Selected Publications

  • Chavez Soria, N. B., Monets, M, Bisson, M. A., Atilla-Gokcumen, G. D., Aga, D. S.  2017.  Mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to assess uptake of silver nanoparticles by Arabidopsis thaliana.  Environmental Science:  Nano 4:  1944-1953
  • Beilby, M. J. Al Khazaaly, S., Bisson, M. A.  2015. Salinity-induced noise in membrane potential of Characeae Chara australis: Effect of exogenous melatonin.  Journal of Membrane Biology. 248:  93–102
  • Clabeaux, B. L., Navarro, D. A., Aga, D. S., Bisson, M. A. 2013. Combined effects of cadmium and zinc on growth, tolerance, and metal accumulation in Chara australis and enhanced phytoextraction using EDTA. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 98: 236-243
  • Clabeaux, B. L., Navarro, D. A. B., Aga, D. S., Bisson, M. A. 2011. Cd tolerance and accumulation in the aquatic macrophyte, Chara australis:  Potential use for Charophytes in phytoremediation. Environmental Science and Technology 45 (12), pp 5332–5338
  • Stento, N. A., N. G. Ryba, E. A. Kiegle, and M. A. Bisson. 2000. Turgor regulation in the salt-tolerant alga Chara longifolia. Plant Cell and Environment 23: 629-637.