Dr Scott Boden
The research interests of the Boden Lab are focussed on understanding the developmental pathways that determine inflorescence and plant morphology in wheat and barley. We are particularly interested in the pathways that regulate development of wheat spikelets, which are reproductive branches of the inflorescence that contain grain-producing florets. To investigate these pathways, we are examining novel spikelet arrangements in wheat, including paired spikelets, which are characterised by the development of two spikelets at single node, rather than the typical single spikelet. This research includes analysis of flowering-time genes that influence spikelet architecture (Boden et al. 2015), and the contribution of hormones to inflorescence development (Boden et al. 2014).
This research has the ultimate aim of increasing grain yield by optimizing spikelet architecture and the duration of inflorescence development. We hope to use this work to translate important research outcomes from model plants into wheat, and to improve our understanding of the comparative biology of inflorescence architecture amongst the major cereal crops including wheat, rice, maize and barley.
Nature Plants 1 p14016
Publisher’s version: 10.1038/nplants.2014.16
Nature Genetics 49 p8-9
Publisher’s version: 10.1038/ng.3750
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