In collaboration with Katharina Bürstenbinder\’s team at IPB Halle, we used reverse genetics to characterize IQ67 DOMAIN 9 (IQD9) and KINESIN LIGHT CHAIN-RELATED 1 (KLCR1) as two microtubule (MT) associated proteins that guide cellulose distribution during seed mucilage biosynthesis. IQD9 physically interacts with KLCR1, and mutations in IQD9 as well as in KLCR1 lead to compact mucilage capsules with aberrant cellulose distribution. Resembling… Continue reading New MAP for cellulose biosynthesis
Although carbohydrate polymers are essential for our health, energy and materials needs, the metabolic pathways related to these complex molecules have been challenging to study in plants (Voiniciuc, 2022; https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.18091). The Designer Glycans group uses synthetic biology in yeast and plant model systems to discover how cell wall glycans are made and how their structure/function… Continue reading Student and Postdoctoral Positions to Join the Designer Glycans Lab in Florida
By evaluating different mutant combinations, we discovered that brassica seeds with fewer heteromannan branches are more resistant to salt stress.
Wheat is one of the most important cereal crops on the planet. Here, we investigated the wheat enzymes are responsible for synthesizing mannan, a dietary fiber.