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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).

Cell walls of a Sargassum muticum


Pamela Silver

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Patrick Dickinson

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Liverwort close-up

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biophysical perturbations, microtubules are marked in green and the nuclei in purple (Formosa-Jordan, Wang, Jönsson, unpublished).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.

Matias Zurbriggen


Edwige Moyroud


Edwige Moyroud


Edwige Moyroud



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SLCU Director presented OlChemIn Award 2018

Jul 09, 2018

SLCU Director, Professor Ottoline Leyser, was presented with the OlChemIn Award 2018 in recognition of her outstanding research on plant hormones.

Edwige Moyroud awarded Linnean Society Bicentenary Medal

May 24, 2018

Dr Edwige Moyroud has been honoured by the Linnean Society of London with the 2018 Bicentenary Medal for her discoveries on the evolution and development of nanoscale architecture in flower petals.

Elliot Meyerowitz awarded prestigious Gruber Prize

May 14, 2018

Professor Elliot Meyerowitz has been awarded the 2018 Gruber Genetics Prize by the Gruber Foundation for his "groundbreaking work in identifying the basic regulatory and biochemical mechanisms underlying the development of plants."

HFSP funding to investigate cellular growth and stresses in plants

Apr 11, 2018

SLCU's Professor Henrik Jönsson is part of an international collaboration that has received funding from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to develop the first integrated model in plants investigating the effects from cellular growth and stresses on nuclear shape and genetic activity.

Research shows first land plants were parasitised by microbes

Apr 03, 2018

Sainsbury Laboratory researchers have found that the relationship between plants and filamentous microbes not only dates back millions of years, but that modern plants have maintained this ancient mechanism to accommodate and respond to microbial invaders.

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