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Plant Developmental Genetics



Research in the Plant Developmental genetics group focuses on developmental mechanisms and underlying patterns of gene activity. The group is particularly interested in the problem of how asymmetries are established and elaborated during flower development.  This interest extends to the related questions of how asymmetries may have arisen during evolution and how the sizes and shapes of plant organs are genetically controlled. 

These problems are being adressed using Antirrhinum majus, a species with dorsoventrally asymmetrical flowers which is amenable to Genetic and Molecular analyses. For comparative studies the group is also using Linaria, a member of The Antirrhinum tribe.


Group leader: Jorge Almeida

Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. da Republica, Apartado 127
2781-901 Oeiras, Portugal



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