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"Branching out: linking lateral root development with environmental signals"

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Friday 20 April 2018, 14:00 - 15:30


Soil resources plants require are often distributed in a highly heterogeneous pattern. To aid foraging, root growth and development is highly responsive to soil signals. As a result, root architecture is shaped by myriad environmental signals to ensure resource capture is optimised. Non-invasive X-ray microCT imaging has revealed soil-water contact profoundly impacts root architecture. Novel root adaptive responses revealed using microCT include hydropatterning and xerobranching, where lateral roots form only when in direct contact with moisture. I will describe how the hydropatterning response requires core components of the auxin signalling machinery to be controlled via an environmentally regulated post-translational modification to pattern root branching.

Location Jozef Schell Seminar Room
Contact Prof Malcolm Bennett
Centre for Plant Integrative Biology
University of Nottingham