Month Flat Week Day
Monday, February 22, 2016 10:00 - 11:00
1 Hour
UPSC Seminar Series - Cutting Edge Seminar

Dave C. Nelson
Department of Genetics, University of Georgia, Athens

Title: Smoke and hormone mirrors: karrikins and strigolactones control plant growth through homologous signaling mechanisms

Host: Stephanie Robert & Olivier Keech

Recent key publications:

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Conn CE, Bythell-Douglas R, Neumann D, Yoshida S, Whittington B, Westwood JH, Shirasu K, Bond CS, Dyer KA, Nelson DC. (2015) “Convergent evolution of strigolactone perception enabled host detection in parasitic plants.” Science, 349:540-43.

Soundappan I, Bennett T, Morffy N, Yueyang L, Stanga JP, Abbas A, Leyser O, Nelson DC. (2015) “SMAX1-LIKE/D53 family members enable distinct MAX2-dependent responses to strigolactones and karrikins in Arabidopsis.” Plant Cell, 27:3143-59.  

Morffy N, Faure L, Nelson DC. (2016) “Smoke and hormone mirrors: action and evolution of karrikin and strigolactone signaling.” Trends in Genetics, doi:10.1016/j.tig.2016.01.002 (available online 2/2/16)

Conn CE, Nelson DC. (2016) “Evidence that KARRIKIN-INSENSITIVE2 (KAI2) receptors may perceive an unknown signal that is not karrikin or strigolactone.” Frontiers in Plant Science, 6:1219.