Formation and specification of gametes is of paramount importance for all sexually reproducing organisms. In contrast to animals, plant gametes develop in few-celled haploid structures along with terminally differentiating accessory cells (Fig. 1). Making use of molecular, genetic and cell biological tools, our lab focuses on three research lines.
(i) Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying the acquisition of the distinct cell fates.
(ii) Characterization of the regulatory pathways governing non-cell autonomous cell death programs, and
(iii) analysis of the molecular basis for plant polyspermy barriers.