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The physiology and genetics of fruit formation: from genes to networks

Objective

The fruit is the result of the development of the ovary and it is a major evolutionary acquisition of flowering plants. Fruits likely evolved to protect the developing seeds and to ensure seed dispersal adopting an incredible array of morphologies and inventing many types of mechanisms for seed dispersal. Dry dehiscent fruits mechanically disperse the seeds, while fleshy fruits develop tasty tissues that induce fauna to eat them and therefore act as the dispersal agent. Dry dehiscent fruits (those that dry and open at maturity to release the seeds), correspond to the ancestral type of fruit (Knapp, 2002), however the fruit of the model specie Arabidopsis thaliana, the silique, with its specialized dehiscence zone, is a more recent evolutionary conquer.

The overarching objective of this proposal ”The physiology and genetics of fruit formation: from genes to networks” (FRUIT-look), aims to strengthen research partnerships through short period staff exchanges and networking activities between European research organisations and American organisations. The research topic of this exchange programme concerns fruit formation.
FRUIT LOOK aims to address the following key questions:

Which are the genetic and molecular networks regulating fruit formation and morphology?
Do plant hormones act as morphogens during fruit development?
Can we elaborate a model able to explain fruit forms?

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/physiology

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 100 800
Administrative Contact
Varotto Stefania (Dr.)

Participants (2)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 86 100
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Angeles López Vázquez (Ms.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 16 800
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Beergrehn (Mrs.)