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Petal Epidermal Patterning and Pollinator Attraction

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Conical cells and diffraction gratings have been shown to influence the optical properties of flowers in a number of monocot and eudicot species. Diffraction gratings are a source of structural colour and iridescence in both plants and animals. They have been well characterised in animals but remain poorly understood in plants. My project focuses on the incidence of diffraction gratings and conical cells in the earliest diverging angiosperms and explores the genetic basis of their development. It also investigates the role of diffraction gratings in the attraction of insect pollinators.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Research Seminars series.

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