Epigenetics and Development

Plant Scientists at UoE study how plant development is controlled by the external environment, nutrient availability, and mechanical stimuli. How these external factors influence a plant genetic make-up is a rapidly evolving field. There is a growing focus on the role of epigenetic and RNA silencing in the developmental regulation

  • Peter Doerner examines how plant growth is controlled in response to nutrient availability

  • Andrew Hudson analyses genes that underpin plant growth, form and fitness under different environmental conditions.

  • Justin Goodrich is dissecting the epigenetic controls of development and endosperm-embryo interaction during seed development.

  • Attila Molnar studies the role of RNA silencing in plant development.

  • Naomi Nakayama addresses the engineering principles and developmental calibration of plant forms and functions.

  • Stephen Fry studies various aspects of plant primary cell walls

  • Karl Oparka focuses on plasmodesmata, the small pores that interconnect plant cells