CPSC lecture by Ottoline Leyser – University of Copenhagen

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CPSC lecture by Ottoline Leyser

Thinking without a brain: Auxin and the self-organisation of plant form

Professor Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at University of Cambridge, UK will give a CPSC Lecture on 12 May at 15.00-16.00.

Plants are exquisitely environmentally responsive, dynamically adjusting their growth and development according to the prevailing environmental conditions. The regulation and co-ordination of environmental responses in plants happens without a brain and indeed without any coordinating centre.

Instead, mounting evidence suggests a role for an elegant system of interacting long range hormonal signals that move throughout the plant, balancing growth between the root and shoot, and across the root and shoot systems, through self-organising competition between growing tips.

Using shoot branching control as a model system, we are interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying this regulatory network and how they act to integrate diverse environmental inputs.

About Ottoline Leyser

Ottoline Leyser received her BA (1986) and PhD (1990) in Genetics from the University of Cambridge. After post-doctoral research at Indiana University and Cambridge, she built an independent research programme at the University of York, where she worked from 1994-2010.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation.

She is the President of International Plant Molecular Biology, a member of the Council of the Royal Society, and Deputy Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. She is Co-Editor in Chief of Current Opinions in Plant Biology and an Editor of Development. She is a Fellow of Clare College.

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