September 17, 2013

Modulating growth patterns

Plant physiologist Jiři Friml contributes to the understanding of a widely used developmental program in plants

Unlike in animals, postembryonic development in plants is highly flexible and allows them to modulate their growth patterns in response to external signals or as part of endogenous developmental programs. IST Austria professor Jiři Friml together with other colleagues has identified a mechanism for trafficking a transporter for a plant hormone which is vital for a widely used developmental program called differential cell elongation. The findings of Friml and his colleagues are published in this week’s edition of PNAS under the title of “ECHIDNA-mediated post-Golgi trafficking of auxin carriers for differential cell elongation”.

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