Dr George Bassel, of the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, describes, in 60 seconds, his research into in understanding how plants grow at a molecular and biophysical level.
I’m George Bassel, Birmingham Research Fellow in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham.
My lab is interested in understanding how plants grow at a molecular and biophysical level. Advances in 3D computer gaming hardware and high resolution microscopy have enabled us establish measureable links between the genes and proteins that plants produce, and how their cells grow. We can use these data to help us develop computational models of plant growth, and digitally recreate observed plant behaviours. These computer models of virtual growing plants can serve as blueprints for understanding how plant growth is controlled at a genetic and biophysical level.
Plants are an essential source of our food and energy and understanding how they develop is becoming increasingly important as the world population rapidly expands. These models can be used to guide the re-engineering of crop plants to produce more food on less land.
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