Flowering plants very often display striking patterns on their petals. These patterns are key to attract pollinators and are very elaborate, combining different pigmentations but also an amazing array of microscopic features that play a key role in plant-insects communication. How flowering plants control the development of their petals to produce those patterns is still mysterious. This talk will explore the function and evolution of floral patterning before looking at what plant scientists are doing to try and solve this enigma.
Dr Edwige Moyroud, is a Group Leader at the Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) and a Fellow of Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge. Her research group investigates the mechanisms underlying flower development and evolution.