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The role of KANADI in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha

posted on 2020-07-10, 06:27 authored by Liam Briginshaw
In flowering plants, KANADI genes regulate the polarity of leaves, as well as regulating development under shade. Here I investigated the role of a related KANADI gene in the liverwort species Marchantia polymorpha, to determine whether it has an analogous role regulating polarity and/or shade responses in a distantly related lineage of land plants. In Marchantia, KANADI does not regulate polarity, however it does promote a number of light responses similar to shade responses in flowering plants, including the transition to sexual development, suggesting that KANADI has a conserved role regulating developmental responses to light across land plants.


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Principal supervisor

John Bowman

Additional supervisor 1

Eduardo Flores-Sandoval

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Department, School or Centre

Biological Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Science