Leaf and floral organ shape are intricately linked to plant productivity. In grass crops such as barley, this relationship between shape and productivity directly impacts on grain yield. To modulate yield we therefore need to understand how organ shape is defined. The patterning underlying final organ shape is laid down during the earliest stages of development. In the Plant Shape Lab we combine genetics, 3D imaging, computational modelling, molecular biology and bioinformatics to ask how grass organs are patterned, how these patterns change over time, and ultimately how these shapes may impact on yield.
Development is a dynamic process with many changes in gene expression, growth rate patterns, and shape during the lifetime of the organ. To track changes in growth rate spatially and temporally, we have developed a transgenic toolkit in barley to observe early grass organ development.
During this PhD project you will learn to use a diverse set of techniques to map different aspects of organ patterning over time in barley. This project will include live imaging, 3D image analysis, constructing new transgenic reporters, and analysis of mutant lines. Over your PhD you will build a detailed understanding of barley development over time and integrate this knowledge with broader models of grass development. https://www.ed.ac.uk/biology/molecular-plant-sciences/research
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