Developmental biology aims to elucidate the molecular networks that regulate cell fate, organ formation and body response to endogenous signals or environmental biotic and abiotic factors.
Arabidopsis thaliana has been established as the model plant to study the mechanisms underlying the growth or interactions of multicellular plant organisms with the environment.
Genetics in combination with innovative molecular and cellular biology techniques provide fascinating insights towards the understanding of important aspects of plant development including cell fate determination, cell-to-cell communication, molecular signalling and transduction, response to environmental cues and plant plasticity. The major goal is to start thinking like a plant deciphering the origin and complexity of perplexed mechanisms leading to dead-ends or dynamic evolution in plant development.
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