Local cell-cell communication in ovule patterning
Success of flowering and seed production is not only key process in plant reproduction, but also important for our life. Seeds are developed from ovules after fertilization. Seed productivity depends on the number and pattern of ovules. The aim of this project is to address the fundamental principle of ovule pattern formation. By several genetic approaches, genes encoding leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase (LRR-RLK) and cysteine rich peptide were identified as responsible for the ovule primordia patterning. When, where and how ovule patterning is controlled by peptide-receptor mediated cell-cell communications? I am combining molecular genetics, imaging and biochemistry to address these questions underlying ovule pattern formation. This work might result in improving seed productivity of crop plants in the future.
Keywords expertise: secreted peptide, LRR-RLK, cell-cell communication, ovule patterning, molecular genetics, imaging, biochemistry