Some early light sheet data of former co-supervised PhD student Daniel von Wangenheim and Jens Boland (Fengerau) have made their way in his last opus in the Bennett lab Nottingham. Daniel shows that that the radial positioning of emerging lateral roots is influenced by their hydrological environment (hydropatterning) and this starts during early developmental stages. You can read about it here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41477-019-0580-z
No aquatic adventure this year, December in Heidelberg is a bit too cold for it. Most people go to the Christmas Market, but the lab like to think different, so we took some “altitude” and went bouldering (after the annual lab cleaning):
and concluded this exhausting session with delicious Thai food
Our first theoretical work realised with the K. Alim lab is now available on bioRxiv. In this work we show that that tissue-wide mechanical coupling leads to focused auxin spots, that result from the formation of a circumferential stress field around these spots, self-reinforcing PIN polarity
and auxin accumulation.
Close to 120 participants gathered in the Heidelberg old town for an exciting 3 days symposium on Plant Morphodynamics.
In addition to an exceptional line up of invited speakers and selected talks, participants enjoyed a very lively poster session and could enjoy well deserved relaxed evenings in the old town.
The keynotes lectures given by Rico Coen and Dominique Bergman count to the highlights of an event that we will certainly offer again in the future.