Research Seminar: Professor Oliver Jensen, University of Manchester

28 April


Large Lecture Theatre

‘Modelling plant cell and tissue growth’

Plant growth typically occurs through the coordinated anisotropic expansion of multiple cells.  In order to understand how a primary root navigates soil, seeking out nutrients and avoiding obstacles, it is necessary to integrate models of hormone signalling and transport with descriptions of biomechanical processes taking place at multiple scales, from individual cell walls up to the whole organ.  I will show how a model of root gravitropism can be constructed from the bottom up, connecting enzyme action in the cell wall to the changing shape of a growing root.