One experiment, one researcher
Virtual flowers: the genes of growth
The Virtual Plants team is to take part in the "One researcher, one experiment" event at the Palais de la Découverte science museum in Paris. The researchers will be presenting their work in the field of plant modelling.
- Date : 15/12/2010 to 27/02/2011
- Place : Palais de la Découverte, Paris
- Guest(s) : Frédéric Boudon, Jean-Baptiste Durand, Etienne Farcot, Christophe Godin, Mikael Lucas, François Parcy, Christophe Pradal
- Organiser(s) : Palais de la Découverte, Inria, CIRAD
The seemingly ordinary phenomenon of plant growth is in fact the result of a series of processes that we have not yet fully grasped or mastered. In order to understand how plants grow, manage the state of vegetation, and control and protect their production, botanics and agronomics researchers at Inria and the Centre for International Cooperation on Agronomic Research have for several years been championing the cause of modelling and creating virtual plants. They have developed a method that uses computers to simulate plant growth, particularly the creation of flowers, based on the genes that govern their formation. Using this method, it is possible to conduct experiments to see how the meristem is transformed into a flower if certain genes are turned on or off virtually.