Our research model is Gerbera hybrida, a common ornamental crop that represents the large Asteraceae plant family. We are interested in the gene regulatory networks that control the unique inflorescence architecture in this family contributing to its evolutionary success. We also aim at dissecting the biosynthetic pathways leading to Asteraceae specific secondary metabolites.
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Gerbera Lab Video!
Our video demonstrates how genetic transformation of gerbera is conducted. We apply transgenic gerbera plants as tools to understand flower and...
Thesis defense Yafei Zhao
Congratulations Yafei! Opponent Prof. Sabine Zachgo, Custos Prof. Teemu Teeri.
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How has the unique inflorescence in Asteraceae, the capitulum, evolved? What are the early signals that define flower type identity? How...
The sunflower plant family (Asteraceae) is characterized by head-like inflorescences (capitula) that resemble single solitary flowers but...