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CSB Seminar Series – Satyaki Rajavasireddy, PhD – Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto

March 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

CSB Departmental Seminar

Satyaki Rajavasireddy, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto

TITLE: Gene regulation in seeds: Glimpses of parental conflict?


Seeds are the keystone to agriculture and supply two-thirds of humanity’s nutrition. Seeds are also biologically fascinating. They consist of the seed coat, the endosperm, and the embryo. Endosperm -produced by fertilization and sandwiched between the embryo and the maternally derived seed coat- is a placental tissue that mediates maternal nutrient transfer to the embryo and uses parental cues to control seed development and dormancy. These features make endosperm a focal point for parental regulation of seed development and a potential site of parental conflict.

Parental Conflict Hypothesis suggests that in viviparous species where a mother has multiple mates, genes that promote growth favor the father’s fitness and can become imprinted to express from paternal alleles. On the other hand, genes that repress growth favor the mother’s fitness can become imprinted and be expressed from maternal alleles. How parental conflict shapes the cellular machinery regulating the expression of growth-regulating genes remains unclear. During this seminar, I will present work that shows the potential fingerprints of parental conflict on gene regulation in the endosperm.

Our lab is also interested in creating simple tools to modify plant genomes. In this context, I will present our work on creating simple tools to induce structural variation in plant genomes.

HOST: Daphne Goring

LOCATION: Cell and Systems Biology, 25 Harbord Street, Suite 432


March 1
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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