We are a group of UConn graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members, who are interested in various aspects of plant biology, from molecular genetics to morphology and physiology, from bioinformatics/genomics to evolutionary ecology, from systematics to population genetics, you name it! We get together once a week for an informal, hourly meeting (i.e., “Plant Biology Group Seminar”) to learn each other’s research (through a 30-minute research presentation) and to learn some (random) cool stuff about plants (through a 20-minute “Plant of the Week” presentation).
|Date||Research Presentation||“Plant of the Week” Presentation|
|01/29/2016||Guest lectures||Guest lectures|
|01/05/2016||SNOW DAY||SNOW DAY|
|02/12/2016||Lauren Stanley: Transcriptional regulation of carotenoid pigmentation during flower development||Yaowu Yuan: Monkey face, flying duck, naked man, and deceptive pollination|
|02/19/2016||Yaowu Yuan: How leopards get their spots? Flowers will tell…||Pam Diggle: Good-bye, and keep cold|
|02/26/2016||Gerry Berkowitz: Calcium channels at the heart of signal transduction pathways in plant cells: from molecular structure to plant phenotypes||Lauren Stanley: Be wise, don’t self-fertilize|
|03/04/2016||Pam Diggle: Eco-devo and phenological oddities||Yaowu Yuan: How lettuce leaf gets the wrinkled, undulating edges – the genetic control of surface curvature|
|03/11/2016||Nora Mitchell: Using anchored phylogenomics to infer evolutionary relationships in the rapid radiation of Protea||Jill Wegrzyn: Fire adaptation in conifers: understanding serotinous cones|
|03/18/2016||Spring Break||Spring Break|
|03/25/2016||Rob Baker (visitor): Leaf Developmental Dynamics: modeling variation for quantitative genetics||Nora Mitchell: Exploding plants|
|04/01/2016||Baoqing Ding: Mutation in a houskeeping gene causes ecologically important floral trait alteration||Amy LaFountain: Molecular dimmer switches: The role of carotenoids in the photosynthetic apparatus|
|04/08/2016||R.C. Rizzitello: Evaluating the Impact of Pollination Methods and Competitive Ability on Gene Flow in a Novel Crop: Camelina sativa||Yi Ma: Touch me not|
|04/15/2016||Huanzhong Wang: Biofuels, biomass and plant vascular stem cells||Yaowu Yuan: How comes honeydew is green but cantaloupe is orange? Cauliflower has a say|
|04/22/2016||Wei Li: Increasing auxin in rootstock could improve graft success efficiency||Henry Frye: Blue Iridescence in Plants|
|04/29/2016||2016 Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium|
Some exemplar subjects for the “Plant of the Week” presentations:
Deceptive orchids: how do flowers trick bees or wasps to copulate with them for pollination?
Solar tracking: how do sunflowers follow the sun?
Reaching the sky: why even the tallest tree in the world is shorter than 120 meters?
Parasitic plants: how do plants grow and evolve without photosynthesis?
Carnivorous plants: how and why do plants eat animals?
“Animal orchids”: why does a flower look like a monkey face or flying duck?
Big roles of small proteins: from anthocyanin pigmentation to stem cell maintenance, from flower symmetry to stomata patterning.
The skinny and the obese: plants with the smallest and the largest genomes.