Laboratory of Vascular Development
Bert De Rybel leads the Vascular Development Group. Vascular tissues provide mechanical support and facilitate the transport of water, nutrients, hormones and other signaling molecules throughout the plant.
Caption banner: Cross section through an Arabidopsis thaliana stem
The vascular system of flowering plants develops from a handful of provascular initial cells in the early embryo into a whole range of different cell types in the mature plant.
In order to account for such proliferation and to generate this kind of diversity, vascular tissue development relies on a large number of highly oriented cell divisions. The transcription factor complex formed by TARGET OF MONOPTEROS5 / LONESOME HIGHWAY (TMO5/LHW) is one of the major regulators of vascular proliferation and oriented cell divisions in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.
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The aim and vision of the Vascular Development Lab is not only to be a highly productive team of excellent scientists, but also a group of friends.
The team members regularly participate in or organize science communication events aimed at the widest public.