Research Group Ragni
Periderm Development and Wood Formation
In contrast to most animals, the plant body is constantly growing and adapting to the environment. Stem cells located in the meristems continue dividing and differentiating in highly specialized tissues throughout plant life. The balance between stem cell self-renewal and differentiation has to be tightly controlled to allow correct plant growth and fast adaptation to environmental stimuli. The regulation underlying stem cells maintenance and differentiation is our main scientific interest.
Our current research addresses these questions in the broader context of plant secondary growth, the increase in girth of plant organs. In particular, we are studying the interplay between hormone signaling, tissue specific gene regulatory networks and environmental stimuli in the formation of wood and how cells reacquire pluripotency and differentiated in unique suberized/lignified cell in the context of periderm growth and its response to abiotic stresses.
Center for Plant Molecular Biology - ZMBP
University of Tübingen
Auf der Morgenstelle 32
D - 72076 Tübingen, Germany
Room 5X 18
Phone: +49 (0)7071 - 29 76677
Fax: +49 (0)7071 - 29 5797