Prof Pierre Rouzé
BIG N2N, UGent, PSB
FORUM, Auditorium C (not F!), La Plaine Campus, Brussels
Plants are typically terrestrial organisms originating from water-dwelling green algae some 460 million years ago. Seagrasses although being monocot flowering plants made an evolutionary U-turn, adapting back to a submerged marine life style, providing a crucial ecosystem for coastal animal life all over the world . The genome of eelgrass (Zostera marina) one of these species, has been sequenced and analysed, offering the great opportunity to ask and answer the very question : how this organism managed to cope with his marine habitat ? Which changes in genes and pathways from its land-adapted ancestor allowed this to happen ?