Plants maintain the potential to form new organs throughout their entire life. This capacity not only endows plants with the ability for continued growth, but also provides them with the means to adjust their growth rapidly and flexibly to changes in their environment.
We have previously shown that pre-mRNA splicing plays an important role in regulating plant growth and development in response to temperature. In particular, we could show that the SME gene PORPUCINE (PCP) is essential for normal plant development at low ambient temperature (Capovilla et al., Nature Plants, 2018).
Up to 2 MSc thesis projects are available in our group to study various aspects of how pre-mRNA splicing and long non-coding RNAs modulate temperature responses in Arabidopsis thaliana using a combination of state-of-the-art molecular, genomic and genomic approaches.
Supervisor: Markus Schmid, Dept. of Plant Physiology, UMU