Our research is on plant development

Our main research interest is to unravel the mechanisms regulating plant development, with a focus on the roles of the cell wall, phytohormones, endomembrane trafficking and molecular signalling in controlling cell shape and tissue morphogenesis. We primarily use the model plant Arabidopsis to answer our research questions but we also work on species of more applied interest for forestry and agriculture, including poplar, spruce, eucalyptus, lupin and tomato.

We are fascinated by the amazing ability of plants to continuously adapt their morphology in response to both internal and environmental signals. Our work addresses the regulation of these morphological adjustments at cell and molecular levels in a wide range of organs including leaves, hypocotyls, apical hooks and various types of roots. You can take a look at what our group members are currently working on at our Group members page or check out our previously published work at our Publications page.

We have been awarded a large Wallenberg grant to study plant cell identity acquisition!

We are delighted to announce that Stéphanie will lead a large research project awarded over 32 million Swedish crowns by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, with the aim to investigate plant cell identity. Our co-researchers in this 5-year multidisciplinary project, Decoding cell fate with positional information, will be Stéphane Verger and Peter Marhavý, also from Umeå Plant Science Centre at SLU, Eleni Stavrinidou from Linköping University and Maria Tenje from Uppsala University. We will use Arabidopsis thaliana root epidermal hair and non-hair cells as models to understand which positional information controls a cell’s identity fate relative to its position within a complex organ. We will explore whether this positional information consists of chemical, geometric, mechanical and/or electrical signals, with our most ambitious goal being to develop a totally novel “plant-on-chip”, consisting of an artificial root model bioprinted on a microchip. Read more about our plans here!

We are also thankful to the following for funding our work