During the transition to flowering the shoot apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana switches fate and turns into an inflorescence meristem that gives rise to floral meristems instead of leaf primordia. As the induction of flowering is usually irreversible and to some extent determines reproductive success, plants need to make sure that this developmental phase transition occurs at the right time.
We have previously shown using ChIP-seq that the bZIP transcription factor FD binds to hundreds of loci in the genome (Collani et al., Plant Physiology, 2019). We now offer 1-2 MSc thesis projects to investigate the role of FD and the flower meristem identity gene LEAFY (LFY) in the control of flowering time and flower development using a combination of state-of-the-art molecular, genomic and genomic approaches.
Supervisor: Markus Schmid, Dept. of Plant Physiology, UMU