Scott Grandison, leaf growth and form, BBSRC Systems Biology Workshop
BBSRC Systems Biology Grantholder Workshop, University of Nottingham, 16 December 2008.
Talking about the physical changes occuring in leaves, and looking at the different levels of granularity and orders of magnitude you need to think about (e.g. DNA-scale up to the macro, leaf-scale). Multidisciplinary team, and, as with other centres described at this workshop, the lines are beginning to blur. This was a really great talk, but had many videos that just cannot be reproduced here. There was a nice picture of someone viewing, in proper 3-d, bits of a plant, which went with the argument that transposing 3-d objects to 2-d can often cause problems with your visual analysis. They've been able to get parameters for the rate of growth of individual areas of a leaf – many areas, with many rates. They have made the Growth Factor Toolbox (GFtbox). The models they show using the GFtbox are very nice, and show the development of, for example, the specialized leaf of the pitcher plant or the growth of a "standard" leaf shape for Arapbidopsis.
These are just my notes and are not guaranteed to be correct. Please feel free to let me know about any errors, which are all my fault and not the fault of the speaker.