Leaf Structure and Function

The leaf is the primary organ of photosynthesis. We are working to understand how leaves are made and how their form can be modified to improve performance in a changing environment.

Sorefan is investigating how stem cells in the apical meristem become determined to take on leaf fate, in particular the role of small RNAs, while the research of the Fleming group is focussed on understanding the control of leaf form and function. Gray’s research is centred on understanding the signalling processes controlling stomatal differentiation and patterning, while Casson is working on the environmental control of stomata and plant water relations. Smith is working on the mechanism by which environmental signals are integrated into long term affects on plant development.