Eklund Group: Evolution of developmental mechanisms



By using gain- and loss-of-function mutants, gene expression reporters and other molecular tools, we study the differences and similarities in how land plants, separated by several hundred million years of evolution, regulate growth and development in response to predetermined genetic programs as well as environmental factors. We routinely employ CRISPR, artificial micro RNAs and different promoters fused to reporter genes to create mutants and transgenic plants. Gene expression is mainly studied using RNAseq, qRT-PCR and expression marker such as GUS and LUC. We are also developing methods to study circadian movements and clock function in basal land plants.

Projects

1. Dormancy regulation in land plants by evolutionarily conserved mechanisms
2. The land plant circadian clock

Research funding
The Swedish Research Council, VR
Stiftelsen Olle Engkvist Byggmästare
The Carl Trygger Foundation
The Magnus Bergvall Foundation