Regulating cell polarity in trees and other plants

2 October 2015

Eric Kramer
Division of Science, Mathematics and Computing
Bard College at Simon's Rock


Plant growth and development includes many processes that demand rapid changes in cell polarity. One example is the mechanism that regulates wood grain direction. Another is the process of leaf and flower initiation at the shoot apex. In both cases, cell polarity is regulated by the plant hormone auxin, and involves additional signals that remain poorly understood. I will discuss what is and isn't known about auxin-regulated cell polarity in plants.

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