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“Unconventional” posts from #DevMeeting23: Plants

Posted by , on 20 September 2023

From Procko, Radin et al., 2022. “Dynamic calcium signals mediate the feeding response of the carnivorous sundew plant.” PNAS.

More plant representatives

For this postcard, I’ve selected Ivan’s talk about calcium signaling in the sundew, but I wanted to give a shoutout to some of the conference’s other plant representatives. We’ve learned about

  • how the brown algae Ectocarpus can help us answer questions about the origin and evolution of multicellular development (FUN FACT: this algae’s female gametes emit a pheromone that smells like gin)
  • how the moss Physcomitrella patens teaches us about single-cell perspectives of tissue patterning
  • how the wild grass Brachypodium distachyon addresses developmental questions of how form impacts function in plant stomata (FUN QUOTES: “Stomata are cellular bouncers” and “”Plants are tunneling experts, much like the Swiss”).

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