4 publications…a good summer’s work

Very excitingly, the lab has published 4 papers over the last two months, displaying a good range of the research we are currently involved in.

Our work on strigolactone and KAI2-ligand signalling in root development was published in PLoS Genetics: SMAX1/SMXL2 regulate root and root hair development downstream of KAI2-mediated signalling in Arabidopsis

Meanwhile, we also published a Tolkein-centric review of strigolactone signalling in New Phytologist: Fellowship of the rings: a saga of strigolactones and other small signals

Completing the strigolactone theme, our work on the evolution of strigolactone synthesis and signalling was also (finally) published, in BMC Biology: Strigolactone synthesis is ancestral in land plants, but canonical strigolactone signalling is a flowering plant innovation

Finally, show-casing some of our new work on reproductive architecture in flowering plants, our work on the ‘50% rule’ was published in Nature Plants: A distributive ‘50% rule’ determines floral initiation rates in the Brassicaceae

All in all, a pretty good summer’s work!

Three pre-prints!

It’s been a really exciting time for the lab over the last few weeks, as we have pre-printed not one but three new manuscripts! This is is all work that has been started since I moved to Leeds, so it feels like the first true ‘crop’ of research from the Bennett Lab. It’s been a huge effort from everyone involved, so congratulations to all. I think the manuscripts really showcase what we are all about!

Auxin export from proximal fruits drives arrest in competent inflorescence meristems

Root density sensing allows pro-active modulation of shoot growth to avoid future resource limitation

KAI2 regulates root and root hair development by modulating auxin distribution

All of these manuscripts have also been submitted, so hopefully they’ll be appearing in press soon!

New Starters!

We are very happy to welcome two new students to the lab! Although, to be honest…they do look a little familiar…

Catriona Walker is starting her PhD on understanding the molecular basis of carpic dominance (and probably more besides) while Cara Wheeldon is starting an MSc-by-research looking at how crowding and plant-plant interactions in the rhizosphere modulate shoot growth.

We are very happy to welcome them back to the lab, even though they never actually left!