Methods that use high-throughput sequencing have begun to reveal features of the three-dimensional structure of genomes at a resolution that goes far beyond that of traditional microscopy. Integration of these methods with other molecular tools has advanced our knowledge of both global and local chromatin packing in plants, and has revealed how patterns of chromatin packing correlate with the genomic and epigenomic landscapes. This update reports recent progress made in this area in plants, and suggests new research directions.
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Andrés will go back to Argentina after a 3-months visit in the department - lots of luck!
Developmental plasticity enables plants to respond rapidly to changing environmental conditions, such as temperature fluctuations. Understanding how plants measure temperature and integrate this information into developmental programs at the molecular level will be essential to breed thermo-tolerant crop varieties. Recent studies identified alternative splicing (AS) as a possible 'molecular thermometer', allowing plants to quickly adjust the abundance of functional transcripts to environmental perturbations. In this review, recent advances regarding the effects of temperature-responsive AS on plant development will be discussed, with emphasis on the circadian clock and flowering time control. The challenge for the near future will be to understand the molecular mechanisms by which temperature can influence AS regulation.
September 21, 3pm
Lecture Hall N12, E-building, Tübingen University
Subu will defend her PhD thesis entitled Causes and Consequences of Hybrid Incompatibilities in Arabidopsis thaliana
September 29 - October 2
in Paris, France
Detlef speaking at EMBO Conference "Genetic Control of Development and Evolution"
Oct 7, 3pm
MPH Lecture Hall
in Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
Detlef speaking at AGTA