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A 3D projection of Arabidopsis flowers

A 3D projection of Arabidopsis flowers where single cell nuclei have been extracted and coloured by expression levels of ATML1 (H. Meyer).

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Liverwort close-up

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Marchantia polymorpha (liverwort) infected with Phytophthora palmivora.

Liverwort not infected

Marchantia polymorpha (liverwort) not infected.

Liverwort thallus cut through to reveal pathogen

Cut through Marchantia thallus to reveal that the pathogen is limited to the top photosynthetic layer.

Marchantia infected with Phytophthora infection

Cut through Marchantia thallus to reveal that the pathogen is limited to the top photosynthetic layer

Plates of Marchantia showing healthy and infected plants

Plates of Marchantia showing healthy and infected plants

Phytophthora hyphae across top of liverwort

Phytophthora palmivora hyphae growing within air chambers in photosynthetic layer of Marchantia polymorpha (liverwort)

Phytophthora growing across thallus of Marchantia

Phytophthora palmivora hyphae growing across thallus of Marchantia polymorpha (liverwort)

Correlation between cell size and cell nuclei size in plant stem cells

The Jönsson group previously showed a correlation between cell size and cell nuclei size in plant stem cells - Top left: shoot stem cells where the membranes are marked in red and nuclei are marked in green. Top right: plot showing the size relation between cells and cell nuclei in the stem cell region [modified from Willis et al PNAS (2016)]. In this project an interdisciplinary approach will be used to investigate the connection between cell shapes, nuclear deformations and genetic activity – Bottom right: a cell removed from the tissue can be used for biophysical perturbations, microtubules are marked in green and the nuclei in purple (Formosa-Jordan, Wang, Jönsson, unpublished). Bottom right: mechanical stress patterns predicted during the initial outgrowth of a root hair from a finite element model simulation [from Krupinski et al Front Plant Sci (2016)]. A challenge of the project will be to integrate this type of model to include an effect on cell nuclei.

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Young phloem organises the growth of procambium

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Noisy gene atlas to help reveal how plants ‘hedge their bets’ in race for survival

Jan 24, 2019

As parents of identical twins will tell you, they are never actually identical, even though they have the same genes. This is also true in the plant world. Now, new research by Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) is helping to explain why ‘twin’ plants, with identical genes, grown in identical environments continue to display unique characteristics all of their own.

How trees and turnips grow fatter – researchers unlock the secrets of radial growth

Jan 09, 2019

Plant science researchers from SLCU and the University of Helsinki have identified key regulatory networks controlling how plants grow ‘outwards’, which could help us to grow trees to be more efficient carbon sinks and increase vegetable crop yields.

SLCU helps reveal another layer in the strigolactone signalling pathway

Nov 23, 2018

An interdisciplinary collaboration between structural biologists and plant scientists has revealed another layer in the signalling pathway of strigolactone – a plant hormone that plays a key role in shoot branching and other plant development processes.

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