Stem cell regulation in plants
We investigate functions of the plant shoot apical meristem and the role of cell communication in stem cell maintenance and differentiation
Plant architecture and resource allocation
Grasses like barley have a distinct architecture, and we investigate the underlying design principles based on number, size, identity and activity of meristems
Plasmodesmata are plant communication channels
Plant cells are connected by pores that allow the transport of nutrients, RNA and proteins. In a collaboration between 4 laboratories, we investigate their structure, function and evolution.
Peptide and receptor kinase signalling pathways
Plant cells communicate via secreted peptides that are recognised by receptors on the plasmamembrane. We study receptor functions, their interaction and turnover.