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“Perception and integration of environmental signals in plants”

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Thursday 04 February 2016, 11:00 - 12:30


Plant life cycle is strongly influenced by seasonal cues such as temperature. Climate change, most importantly increasing global temperatures associated with it poses a severe threat to global agriculture. Plants can sense and respond to modest changes in ambient temperature. Major outputs of the thermosensory responses include modulation of plant phenology and plant-pathogen interactions. Elevated ambient temperature accelerates growth and developmental transitions, while compromising immunity. The molecular mechanisms by which plants sense and integrate temperature signals are not well understood. We are investigating how temperature is perceived and integrated with other environmental signals. Our studies are particularly addressing how temperature signals are integrated into development and defense responses in plants.

Location Jozef Schell seminar room
Contact Dr Vinod Kumar
Cell and Developmental Biology
John Innes Centre