Professor Philip Gilmartin


Fields of interest 

Heterostyly is an outbreeding mechanism that has evolved independently in different angiosperm families.  My laboratory has focused on identification and characterisation of the genes that control heterostyly in Primula species which produce two types of flower known as pin (long styles and low anthers), and thrum (short styles and high anthers).  This reciprocal arrangement of reproductive structures promotes outcrossing between the different forms of flower which develop on different individuals.  We recently completed the genome sequence of the common primrose, P. vulgaris, and in combination with genetic analyses, defined the gene cluster that controls development of the different forms of flower.  Current research focuses on the functional analysis of this gene cluster and the evolution and maintenance of heterostyly in Primula species.

Job description

Company Members oversee all aspects of the ownership, support and operation of the Company itself and of its five published titles Annals of Botany, AoB PLANTS, in silico Plants, BotanyOne, and The Week in Botany. The Vice-Chairman acts as both Company Director and Charitable Trustee and deputizes for the Chairman when the latter is unavailable.

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