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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Teng Zhang PhD thesis defence
Teng Zhang defended his PhD thesis "Developmental patterning of Asteraceae flower heads" on August 20th, 2021. Congratulations!
Researchers determine why the spirals in gerbera inflorescences follow the Fibonacci sequence
The factors underlying the patterning of the hundreds of flowers comprising the inflorescences of gerberas and sunflowers, both representing the...
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