Prof Lars Ostergaard
Head of Department
Our laboratory works primarily on genetic and hormonal regulation of fruit development in the Brassicaceae family (including Arabidopsis, oilseed rape and Capsella). The group is developing genetic resources for Brassica research and is using both molecular genetics and functional genomics to study fruit growth.
Members of the Brassica genus include important crop plants such as oilseed rape (Brassica napus). They belong to the Brassicaceae family such as the model plant Arabidopsis. The close evolutionary relationship between Brassica species and Arabidopsis is reflected in similar plant architecture and organ morphology. The similarities in for example fruit development suggest that the underlying patterning mechanism is conserved.
In addition to the academic satisfaction of understanding biological processes, the knowledge acquired during studies of fruit development among Brassicaceae provides an enormous potential for knowledge transfer to improve crop performance. I am focused on pursuing such translational opportunities and hence developing tools for crop improvement.
Plant reproduction DOI 10.1007/s00497-016-0278-6 p1-15
Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s00497-016-0278-6
Induction of targeted, heritable mutations in barley and Brassica oleracea using RNA-guided Cas9 nuclease.
Genome Biology 16 p258
Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s13059-015-0826-7
Dynamic control of auxin distribution imposes a bilateral-to-radial symmetry switch during gynoecium development
Current Biology 24 p2743-2748
Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.080
- Saleha Bakht Research Assistant
- Friederike Jantzen Visiting Worker
- Carrie Peplow Postgraduate Student
- Marie Bruser Postgraduate Student
- Xinran Li Postdoctoral Scientist
- Dr Lukasz Langowski Postdoctoral Scientist
- Sara Simonini Postdoctoral Scientist
- Dr Laila Moubayidin Postdoctoral Scientist
- Nicola Stacey Research Assistant
- Pauline Stephenson Research Assistant
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