Improving understanding of developing plant organs and plant architecture

In this theme we are developing a better understanding of how individual plant cells respond to the genetic instructions that they receive and how these cells then develop to create specific plant organs such as leaves, roots, flowers, fruit and seeds.

We are integrating findings on plant hormones and other signalling mechanisms to understand how these influence plant growth through the division and elongation of cells.

Within this research theme we are developing computational models to shape and test our understanding of plant architecture and organ development.

This research is identifying useful variations of genes which control organ shape and structure, information which can be used in developing future crop plants to improve yield.

Selected publications from ‘Improving understanding of developing plant organs and plant architecture’