Welcome

Plant Morphodynamics is a research consortium funded by the German research foundation (DFG) consisting of biologists, physicists and computer scientists interested in understanding how plants shape their organs. You will find here all relevant information about the participants, their Research and the activities of the group.

Summary

Elementary cell properties determine the behavior of cell populations and organs and ultimately the so-called morphogenesis. Since plant cells are connected to one another via cell walls and thus are immobile, they constantly adjust their behavior to the one of their neighbours. This high degree of complexity is one reason why the control mechanisms of plant morphogenesis have not yet been comprehensively understood. In the research group “Morphodynamics of Plants”, researchers from the fields of developmental biology, computer science and physics are working together on this problem in order to achieve a holistic and quantitative understanding of tissue morphogenesis.

The research unit was created by the DFG in April 2017 and will receive funding for  three years. It will go into its second funding period from 2020 to 2023.

auf Deutsch

Elementare Zelleigenschaften bestimmen das Verhalten von Zellpopulationen und Organen und damit letztlich die sogenannte Morphogenese. Da Pflanzenzellen über Zellwände miteinander verbunden und somit immobil sind, müssen sie ihr Verhalten jederzeit intensiv abstimmen. Dieser hohe Grad an Komplexität ist ein Grund dafür, dass trotz der Fortschritte in einzelnen Aspekten die Kontrollmechanismen der pflanzlichen Morphogenese noch nicht umfassend verstanden sind. In der Forschergruppe „Morphodynamik der Pflanzen“ widmen sich die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus der Entwicklungsbiologie, der Computerwissenschaft und der Physik gemeinsam dieser Problematik, um ein ganzheitliches und quantitatives Verständnis der Gewebemorphogenese zu erlangen.

Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) richtete den neuen Forschergruppe im April 2017 und bewilligte Fördermittel für drei Jahre. Es wird Ende 2020 in die zweite Förderperiode gehen bis 2023.


Latest news

FOR2581 Autumn Workshop

From 25.- 27.10.2021 the Research Unit organised an Autumn Workshop on Image Segmentation, Analysis and Bio-Mechanical Modeling at Heidelberg University. Here the participants learned, among other things, to create images and videos in various programmes as featured in this article. They learned the basics and advanced features of PlantSeg, ilastik, and MorphoMechanX with additional plugins…

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Third Progress Meeting

On the 21st of October 2021 the research unit came together for another progress meeting. The PIs, PhD students, and postdocs presented the latest results of their joined projects and were able to meet, either in Heidelberg in person or online, to discuss their research. The group was happy to have Cristina Martins Rodrigues and…

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Youtube Feature

The explosive work of FOR281 members from the Hay and Tsiantis labs on seed dispersal in Cardamine has been featured on the Youtube channel “Smarter Every Day”. The channel by the engineer and science communicator Destin Sandlin is dedicated to ‘exploring the world using science” in an entertaining format. You can find the paper he’s…

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