Written By: Margaret Frank, Ora Hazak, Samuel Leiboff, Heike Lindner, Concepcion Manzano, Lena Mueller, Michael Raissig, Annis Richardson, Adam Runions, Sebastian Soyk A systems biology approach to understanding development The 2017 FASEB meeting “Mechanisms in Plant Development” launched with a keynote by Philip Benfey (Duke University, USA) about the current understanding of root development.[…]
Plant hairs or trichomes mean little to most people until they bite into a furry skinned peach or prick their finger on a rose bush thorn, but in the plant kingdom these versatile epidermal structures perform many essential functions that are attributable to their physical shape, location, density and sometimes chemical composition. Next time[…]
There is something exciting about biologists joining forces with physicists and/or mathematicians, and finding a common language to solve biological problems that are just too complex to understand without stepping outside the realm of ‘traditional’ biology. At the recent EMBO conference on plant development, interdisciplinary studies were the main focus. And as the organiser of[…]
The Node is on the road again, but this time not very far! We are going to attend the EMBO conference on interdisciplinary plant development, which starts this Sunday (21st September) at the Sainsbury Laboratory here in Cambridge (UK). We are planning on tweeting with the hashtag #EMBOplantdev, and will try to include some photos of[…]
A 3-year postdoctoral position is available in the Sablowski lab at the Cell and Developmental Biology Dept., John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. The successful candidate will work on a project that combines genome-wide association mapping and quantitative image analysis to reveal novel genes that control stem architecture in Arabidopsis. Plant architecture depends in large[…]
Animals and Plants have hundreds of miRNAs with diverse roles in gene regulation. In humans, each miRNA family can control up to several hundred genes (or 500 to be exact, in humans). A loss of function in one, can lead to array of developmental defects. Similarly in plants, an miRNA mutant can have a variety of phenotypes. However, interestingly, many miRNAs only have one target, which is frequently a transcription factor that in turn, controls many genes itself. It’s really like a house of cards.
If you are a plant developmental biologist studying the Selaginella spikemosses, you might be interested in this beautiful animation that shows the life cycle of the Selaginella, Selaginella apoda Life Cycle: Selaginella apoda from Ciaran Moloney on Vimeo. And if you are captured by the simple beauty of this plant, you might also like a[…]