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Periodic Report Summary 1 - ROOTVASC (Specification of Root Vascular Pattern in Monocots)

This project involves investigating the gene regulatory networks controlling vascular patterning in rice and Arabidopsis. The methodology includes theoretical work (mathematical modelling) and experimental biology.

The principal objectives are to
- construct a mathematical model capable of predicting vascular pattern de-novo based on the Arabidopsis gene networks.
- Investigate differences in gene networks between rice and Arabidopsis
- Feed these differences into the mathematical model and use this information to inform future experimentation with promising targets to engineer rice plants with alternative vascular patterns.
- Create transgenic rice lines with alternative vascular patterns and assay them for water uptake.

Since the start of the project we have made considerable progress with the mathematical model and can now run simulations in a growing 3D template. We have generated many resources to investigate the differences between gene networks in rice and Arabidopsis and as we analyse them we will feed this information into the mathematical model. We anticipate that we will be able to create transgenic rice lines with alternative vascular patterns at the end of this project.

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United Kingdom


Life Sciences