Since the era of Mendel and McClintock, research on plants has been driving progress of genetics and epigenetics.
As plants are generally tolerant to genetic and epigenetic perturbations, a wide range of experiments is possible.
Using a model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, we are studying genetic and epigenetic mechanisms. The topics below
cover diverse biological phenomena, such as development, environmental response, chromosome behavior, and
genome evolution. We are enjoying the research, as we constantly encounter unexpected findings.
- A) Developmental abnormalities induced by DNA hypomethylation mutants: epimutations and transposon mobilization
- B) VANC: sequence-specific anti-silencing protein
- C) IBM1 (increase in BONSAI methylation 1): a mechanism to remove silent mark from transcribed sequences
- D) Control of long-term memory in gene body