Plants suffer from all kinds of biotic and abiotic stress conditions, which are often regulated by the plant hormone ethylene. One of the most enigmatic abiotic stress responses is epinasty, which is the downwards bending of the leaves. Leaf epinasty is observed in many important crops including tomato, and is often the result of root hypoxia and/or salinity stress. Our preliminary results have showed that epinasty is developmentally ...
The permanency of most living organisms on earth has been made possible thanks to the capacity of plants to conduct photosynthesis. This process uses sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to create sugars for the host and releases precious oxygen. The regulation of plant photosynthesis is controlled by many environmental factors such as light, temperature, CO2… However, photosynthesis is also controlled by endogenous factors such as plant ...
Identification and characterisation of novel regulators of the abundance and functioning of the COI1 protein, the receptor of the plant hormone jasmonate Ghent University
Plant fitness and survival depend on the ability and plasticity to adapt developmental and growth
programmes to a 24-hour changing environment, which is safeguarded by complex signalling
networks in which hormones such as the jasmonates play major roles. The bioactive version of the
jasmonate hormone is perceived by the co-receptor complex consisting of the F-box protein
CORONATINE 1 (COI1) and a JAZ repressor protein. ...
The gaseous hormone ethylene is an important plant growth regulator that controls many physiological processes and is involved in biotic and abiotic stress responses. The diverse action of ethylene makes it an economically significant growth regulator in both agriculture and horticulture, with many applications in the field. Ethylene is also called the aging hormone and causes rapid decay of fresh produce, due to the high ethylene production ...
Exploiting Next Generation Sequencing to identify key-players in Arabiodopsis thaliana hypocotyl expansion. University of Antwerp
Accelerating evolution: engineering invertase enzymes to enhance fructan metabolism in Musa spp. (banana) KU Leuven
The equatorial countries of sub-saharan Africa have the highest worldwide mortality rates, primarily caused by infectious disease. Those who are immunosuppressed, including children, the elderly and the sick, are particularly at risk. Improving sanitation, and boosting the immune system with vaccination or improved diet, have been key for continuing to combat this issue.
Short-chain low-digestible carbohydrates (LDCs), act as human ...
The regulation of cell division in the growth zone of the maize leaf. University of Antwerp
Unveiling the relative contribution of carbon starvation and hydraulic failure in relation to the water use strategy of angiosperm species during drought induced tree mortality. Ghent University
As global change-type droughts are expected to lead to increasing forest mortality events, this research will focus on hydraulic failure and carbon starvation in different functional tree types subjected to different drought intensities. Special attention will be paid to internal CO2 as a carbon storage pool enabling woody tissue photosynthesis, a feature which has often been overlooked in mortality studies.