About Our Lab
Our NSF-funded project
Early Anthers
Cell Fate Acquisition in Anthers
Why corn?
Detecting Mutator activity
Transposon tagging and gene cloning
Corn field at San Luis Obispo
UVB and Mu elements
Ustilago maydis
Technologies utilized
  PALM (Positional Ablation w/ Laser Microbeams)
  Oligo microarrays
  Confocal microscopy

We are studying 90 hours of early anther development in maize (Zea mays L., “corn”) to elucidate the signaling networks that regulate cell type acquisition and maintenance within anther locules. The question: Without a germ line, how do cells in plants switch from mitosis to meiosis?"