We are pleased to announce that the V-Morph project, involving researchers from Poland, has been awarded funding within the 3rd ERA-CAPS Call for proposals. The Polish team, led by prof. Dorota Monika Kwiatkowska from the Faculty of Biology and Environment Protection of the University of Silesia in Katowice, will cooperate with researchers from France and Germany. The project will be coordinated by prof. Arezki Boudaoud from École normale supérieure de Lyon (France).
The V-Morph project aims to:
- analyse spatial and temporal variability in sepal morphogenesis at all scales, considering growth and its effectors,
- identify and characterise genes that regulate variability, by performing a directed screen among mutants affecting the cell wall, plant hydraulics, and mechanosensing,
- integrate the corresponding mechanisms in mechanical models of growth and test these models experimentally, notably by local mechanical and genetic perturbations to sepals.
The 3rd ERA-CAPS Call granted funding to 12 transnational projects involving 50 research teams (5 of which are self-funded) from 10 different countries: