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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Biological Sciences
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Plant Biology

PI: M. David Marks

Regulatory Mechanisms Controlling Arabidopsis Trichome Development

These researchers are using the development of trichomes (plant hairs) on the plant Arabidopsis thaliana to study the mechanisms controlling cell fate and cell differentiation in plants. They study both wild-type and mutant plants with immature trichomes. They use the software program Expressionist to study the transcriptomes of trichomes isolated from these wild-type and mutant plants. These studies represent one of only a few where a purified single cell type has been analyzed in plants.

Group Members

Kevin M. Dorn, Graduate Student
Jonathan Wenger, Research Associate