ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Ari Pekka Mähönen

The aim of the research to be conducted by Mähönen’s group with the ERC grant is to investigate the function of the stem cells of cork cambium, another lateral meristems responsible for plant radial growth, and how the two meristems, cork and vascular cambia, together increase the thickness in plants. Understanding radial growth in plants is central to plant biology, and data gained from this study can be applied to crop and tree breeding.