Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SIGNAT (Evaluation of Plant Signaling Networks in Natural Environments)
Reporting period: 2017-07-01 to 2019-06-30
This project addresses the evaluation plant performance under complex combinations of light, temperature and nutrient conditions, using the previous knowledge generated by the participants and other laboratories, and analyzing three key stages of a plant’s life: seedling establishment, vegetative growth (biomass production), and reproductive development (flowering and fruit set). The international consortium is formed by researchers from five countries, with strong complementary technical and scientific expertises spanning light and temperature signaling, hormone action, natural genetic variation, large-scale phenotyping of adult plants, nutrient assimilation and systems biology integration.
The Consortium has also implemented a dedicated training program that includes secondments of PhD students to foreign institutions, and has organized a PhD School on Environmental Regulation of Plant Development which took place in Valencia (Spain) in May 2016, which was open for free registration by international PhD students of the participating Institutions and also worldwide. Moreover, the activities of the Consortium include dissemination actions such as the participation in national Open Doors Days, the International Fascination of Plants Day, and guided tours to our labs open to Science high-school teachers and their classes.