A first chapter of Alja’s Ph.D. thesis: “Broad spectrum developmental role of Brachypodium AUX1”. And some counter-intuitive phenotypes in the Bdaux1 mutant, like surprisingly long roots.
Gymnosperms, angiosperms, sieve cells, sieve elements….what the heck? No more confusion, as of 2018, every lab member has to learn this 2nd splendid proto-limerick by heart, in addition to the “Ode to the tracheary elements” of course.
The culmination of persistent, patient, phantastic collaboration with the labs of Claus Schwechheimer and Uli Hammes at the Technical University of Munich. It allowed us to pin down the nearly 10-year-old notion that BRX modulates polar auxin transport at the plasma membrane. It does, in conjunction with the PAX kinase! Of course, none of this would have been possible without the exceptional experimental skills of Petra & Lana et al…
The icing on the cake for our CLERK publication in Development: the cover! An artistic arrangement of root tips created by Pauline.
… and those that were found perfectly follow tree shape. The publication of this fun, collaborative, interdisciplinary and local project is now published here. It is accompanied by a commentary from our colleague Cris Kuhlemeier. A free, preliminary preprint version of the manuscript can be found here. Happy we had the chance to be part of this! For more background information also see http://www.napoleome.ch/fr/ .
We are delighted that Pietro’s artistic root cross sections were chosen as the cover for the September 2017 issue of Plant & Cell Physiology! They illustrate his article on the role of the BIG BROTHER gene in root development, published in the same issue.