Thursday, 4 May 2017

Paper on moss branching out :-)

Yoan Coudert, Neil Bell, Claude Edelin and I have been working together on the developmental basis of branching form diversfication in mosses, and our paper in New Phytologist is out today here. Our bayesian character mapping demonstrates a series of innovations giving rise to shape variation in pleurocarpus species. In combination with predictions made by modelling and developmental genetics from our eLIFE (2015) paper, the results provide a framework for identifying the mechanisms that allowed diverse moss forms to arise during evolution. 
Yoan's ATIP-Avenir fellowship in France aims to realise this goal, and his research is likely to reveal fundamental insights into patterning mechanisms in plants.