Start Date: Oct 01, 2010
End Date: Jul 15, 2013
Identify, isolate and characterize genes that regulate plant architecture in model systems and agriculturally important crops by 1) using a sensitized genetic screen to uncover novel components of the Arabidopsis thaliana CLAVATA stem cell signaling pathway; 2) determining the role of a small regulatory RNA and its five target genes in regulating stem cell maintenance during development; 3) analyzing the function of the BOP1 and BOP2 genes in regulating stem cell activity and leaf formation; and 4) developing and testing hypotheses on how knowledge of plant architectural genes in Arabidopsis can be applied to crop plants through the identification and functional analysis of orthologous genes. REPLACING 5335-21000-029-00D (9/10). BSL 1; 2/14/10.