Light is the plant’s source of energy, harnessed in the process of photosynthesis. Plants show spectacular plasticity to ensure light capture even when grown in very dense stands where shading by neighbors is a serious threat. Responses to grow towards … Continue reading →
Computational models are a fantastic tool that we are adding to our research these days. Franca Bongers, in a collaboration between Jochem Evers at Wageningen University and ourselves, built an Arabidopsis Functional Structural Plant (FSP) model in which growth of … Continue reading →
As of 1 November, Valérie Hoogers has joined our team as a PhD student. She will be working on a project that is funded by the Building Blocks of Life scheme of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO). The project is … Continue reading →
There are quite a few of us, interested in Plant Photobiology. Plant, Cell & Environment decided to do a special issue on Photomorphogenesis, you find it here. We are publishing a review on signals en ecological consequences of shade avoidance … Continue reading →
Cucumber is such a nice species for visualization… Plant on the left is in control white light, whereas the plant on the right is in white light supplemented with far-red light. Far-red light is reflected by plants and evaluated by … Continue reading →
We, being plant photobiologists, typically study the aboveground plant parts when investigating the effects of light signaling. Nevertheless, a substantial part of the plant is hidden in the soil that presents a multitude of challenges to plants as well. plant … Continue reading →
When you start getting text message with images like the above from your PhD students, taken from their window, you know they’re on to a cool project. We (Rashmi Sasidharan (initiator of it all) Martina Huber, Justine Toulotte, Kaisa Kajala, Rens … Continue reading →
We are very happy to use all the fantastic opportunities that the Arabidopsis model system offers to plant scientists. Our latest papers in PNAS (Pantazopoulou et al., 2017) and Current Biology (de Wit et al., 2016) are just two examples … Continue reading →
We are happy to welcome to Kaisa Kajala on a tenure track position in our team. Kaisa did a post-doc at UC-Davis and started last week with us, you can find more information on her research interests here.
Plants are sun worshippers and shade-avoidant. As soon as a leaf ‘sees’ shade, it either points its tip up, has the petiole grow further towards the light, or does a bit of both. We teamed up with researchers from Wageningen to decipher how plants coordinate between light detection (“eye) and response of the plant itself, which involves surprising insights. Our joint results were published in the scientific journal PNAS on 26 June with our PhD students Chrysa Pantazopoulou and Franca Bongers as lead authors.