Research is focussed on two aspects of shoot apical meristem (SAM) function:
i) the specification of lateral organ founder cells at the SAM periphery outside the central stem cell zone and initial stages of morphogenesis such as the formation of marginal and plate meristems for leaf expansion in Arabidopsis thaliana,
ii) macro-evolutionary studies on the origin of and/or adaptations in stem cell fate promoting functions such as that of WUSCHEL and close relatives that experimentally guide comparative evolutionary development studies in the Arabidopsis model.
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