608: Epigenetic control of plant development

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Warwick HRI


Most aspects of plant development are under epigenetic control, that is, under the control of heritable changes in gene expression that are not associated with changes in DNA sequence. My group is studying the molecular basis of this epigenetic control and its impact on plant development by dissecting the role that DNA methylation, chromatin modifications and non-coding RNAs play in directing relevant gene regulation at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional level. We are particularly interested in understanding how the unique combination of genetic and epigenetic information is passed on from each parent and thus have a major impact on plant performance. This analysis may provide pivotal information about how novel beneficial allelic combinations in certain hybrids contribute to heterotic phenotypic effects, or hybrid vigor, and thus improved crop performance.


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Description We have found evidence for the maternal control of gene expression in plants.
Exploitation Route Findings were critical to secure external funding and to establish collaborations with EU researchers
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

URL http://www.plantcell.org/content/24/6/2257.long
Description Our findings have been used to develop intellectual property rights by an industrial collaborator
First Year Of Impact 2008
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Economic

Description UK-Japan Partnership Award
Amount £42,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P02601X/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 05/2021