Dra. Catharina Merchante Berg
Member Organizing Committee

Being sessile organisms, plants´ ability to survive relies greatly on their capacity to adapt to an ever-changing environment, and their success depend to a large extent on the proteins available. For this reason, and as translation is the most energy-demanding process in the cell, it must be finely controlled and synchronized with all cues, internal and external, that the plant receives. However, despite the key role that the protein synthesis process plays in this adaptation, very little is yet known about the selective translation of specific mRNAs and its regulation. Our group studies how translation of specific mRNAs is regulated depending on the developmental stage or environmental conditions, and the role that this regulation plays in the plant´s adaptive responses. We have a special focus on determining if the very extensive plant´s translation machinery is related to the broader diversity of environmental conditions sessile organisms may have to cope with, and thus, represents an adaptation of significant biological importance.
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