A new edition of Pannell’s lab Away Days took place in the charming Alpine village of Mex, at the skirts of the Dents du Midi. Hikes in the mountains were interlaced by scientific updates and discussions, as well as by ‘armchair talks’ on the decisive moments of lab members’ scientific careers. The fast progress on Mercurialis genome sequencing is bringing new opportunities for population genomic studies in the genus, providing also comparative data for major crops from the Euphorbiaceae family (e.g. cassava). Experiments based on Mercurialis are also in full swing, with multiple hypotheses being tested on the evolutionary significance of male inflorescence architecture. Progress on metapopulation modelling is also bringing new insights on Mercurialis demographical history.
Enjoying outdoors Science!