Plant Growth Dynamics
Ari Pekka Mähönen group
Our group is studying the development of vascular cambium by using Arabidopsis thaliana root as a model. Vascular cambium produces xylem (wood) and phloem, and together with the cork cambium, which produces a protective layer at the surface called phellem (cork), they provide thickness to plant organs. We combine lineage tracing and microscopy with molecular genetics to understand growth dynamics of the stem cells of the vascular cambium at a cellular resolution. In the recently funded ERC project, we have also started to identify the stem cells of cork cambium. The long term aim is to understand how cork and vascular cambia together coordinate and orchestrate radial thickening.
Latest news and activities in the Mähönen lab.
Second HiLIFE tenure track call attracts top-level researchers to Finland
HiLIFE is currently recruiting five top-level researchers from 400 high quality applicants together with the faculties of University of Helsinki.
Video for the Fascination of Plants Day 2019
For the International Fascination of Plants Day (18th May 2019), the students of Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS) at the University of...
Introduction Plant growth originates from the meristems. In the core of each meristem, stem cells coordinate growth and maintain the...
Our international team consists of scientists from China, Czech Republic, Finland and India. The unifying theme among us is that we...