IB2 seminar: How a monocot plant managed to live in the sea ? Mining the genome of the seagrass Zostera marina to figure it out

Apr/29 15:00 - Apr/29 16:00
FORUM, Auditorium C (not F!), La Plaine Campus, Brussels

Prof Pierre Rouzé


Friday, April 29, 2016 - 15:00 to 16:00

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 ?

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