Control of transcription and chromatin Structure during Plant Development
We are interested in the regulation of gene expression by the interplay of sequence-specific transcription factors and protein complexes that affect chromatin structure. Genes that play an important role in the timing of flowering provide ideal models to study gene regulation in detail since alteration in their expression causes developmental abnormalities that are relatively easy to score. Key flowering genes are usually controlled by several pathways that converge at the level of expression regulation. In plants, induced mutagenesis is a powerful tool to study the influence of single pathway components by observing the effect of mutations on target gene expression.