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Funded places for ECRs in plant development workshop

Posted by on January 23rd, 2018

In April, The Company of Biologists is hosting a workshop ‘Cellular gateways: expanding the role of endocytosis in plant development‘, organised by Jenny Rusinova, Takashi Ueda and Daniel van Damme. There are around 10 funded places available for early career scientists to attend the workshop, along with the 20 speakers. Deadline for applications = 16[…]

Shape the leaves

Posted by on January 10th, 2018

Before I started my PhD study, I didn’t notice that leaves have two sides: the adaxial side and the abaxial side. When my supervisor Dr. Yuling Jiao first asked me whether I would like to work on this leaf dorsiventral developmental process, I thought I should try, for my own curiosity.   The leaf dorsiventral[…]

The people behind the papers – Ross Carter, Yara Sánchez-Corrales, Verônica Grieneisen & Athanasius (Stan) Marée

Posted by on November 29th, 2017

Pavement cells in plant leaves were identified as a puzzle which deviated  from normal cell shape rules by D’Arcy Thompson in his classic text On Growth and Form. Now modern approaches allow researchers to revisit these problems and try to uncover the rules that govern pavement cell topology during leaf development. This week we feature a[…]

2017 FASEB Mechanisms in Plant Development Meeting Summary

Posted by on September 5th, 2017

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 “Velcro” holds it all together

Posted by on June 27th, 2016

  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[…]

Crossing fields- EMBO conference on interdisciplinary plant development

Posted by on October 8th, 2014

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 at the EMBO conference on interdisciplinary plant development

Posted by on September 18th, 2014

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[…]

Postdoc position – Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, UK

Posted by on August 20th, 2014

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[…]

Arrested Development in Plant miRNA Mutants

Posted by on January 11th, 2011

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.

Selaginella in frame

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010

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[…]