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@ICAR 2012: Introductory Workshop on the Mechanics of Plant Growth

Posted by on June 26th, 2012

Please join us on the first day of ICAR 2012  (Tuesday 2nd July 16.00-17.30) for a series of short topical introductions to the field and discussions. Find out how mechanics could enrich your everyday view of plants, and your research! The mechanics of plant growth is a historically rich field, which has provided great insight[…]

An interview with Ben Scheres

Posted by on December 22nd, 2010

(This interview by Kathryn Senior originally appeared in Development on December 21, 2010) Ben Scheres is an expert in plant development. He has been investigating development in Arabidopsis at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, since 1990, where his group uses the root tip as an easily accessible supply of plant stem cells. Ben agreed to be[…]

International experience

Posted by on November 26th, 2010

Hello, I am Terry Jackson, a 6th year PhD student in Genetics and Genomics at Duke University which is located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. I am working on my degree in the lab of Dr. Philip Benfey whose research focuses on identifying transcription factors in the root of Arabidopsis thaliana. I am pleased to[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 137, Issue 21)

Posted by on October 12th, 2010

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Oct1: essential for trophoblast development Most POU family transcription factors are temporally and spatially restricted during development and play pivotal roles in specific cell fate determination events. Oct1 (Pou2f1), however, is ubiquitously expressed in embryonic and adult mouse tissues; so, does Oct1 have a[…]

Arabidopsis song

Posted by on September 6th, 2010

“Why are there no pop hits about Arabidopsis?” sings Karmadillo. Even though their Arabidopsis song is not a pop hit (yet?) either, Karmadillo can at least lay claim to the honour of having performed it alongside other science-themed songs on the “Reproductive Stage” at the virtual 2010 Geek Pop festival. The song celebrates Arabidopsis as[…]

In the new issue of Development, 137 (17)…

Posted by on August 10th, 2010

The Bicoid gradient, epigenetic control of BMP signalling, haematopoietic stem cells and more…here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: The Bicoid gradient gets into shape without nuclei Morphogen gradients provide key positional information during embryogenesis but how they are established is not well understood. A gradient of the transcription factor Bicoid is[…]

In Development this week (Volume 137, Issue 16)

Posted by on July 27th, 2010

Here are the highlights from this week’s issue of Development: Lymphatic networks follow arterial lead The vertebrate lymphatic system consists of lymphatic vessels, which collect fluid from the tissues and return it to the blood, and lymph nodes, which are involved in immune defence. Lymphatic vessels, like blood vessels, form a complex vascular network, but what guides the development of[…]