Solanaceae Source

A global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family

​July 17th, 2020 - Stacey D. Smith

This SOL Seminar Online was presented by Stacey D. Smith on How to be colorful: Lessons from Solanaceae

Abstract. Although the first papers identifying the genes underlying the pigment-based coloration in plants come from Arabidopsis, snapdragon and maize, the Solanaceae has arguably taught us the most about how plants produce pigments and regulate expression. In this talk, I’ll give a broad historical overview of discoveries about plant color arising from research in the family, spanning important model organisms such as petunia, Nicotiana, and tomato.  I’ll also highlight some recent work from our lab on floral pigmentation linking these fundamental discoveries to macroevolutionary patterns of color variation. Even after three decades of color research in the family, we continue to discover new mechanisms responsible for the incredible diversity of hues and patterns. I’ll close by talking about some of the important gaps remaining to be explored, such as the regulation of carotenoid-based color and its interplay with the better understood red, purple and blue anthocyanins.

When? Friday 17th July, 4 pm (GMT+1)

The zoom link to join the meeting is Meeting ID: 943 3314 6166, password: Solanaceae

Youtube link to watch the talk again:

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 16:00
Thu, 2020-08-06 14:05 -- rocio

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