Prof. K. Shimizu of Institute of Plant Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland visited Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Bogor, Indonesia on Wednesday and Thursday 27-28 April 2011. During his visit, Prof. Shimizu gave presentation before IPB graduate students and staffs entitle: ‘Evolutionary functional genomics on sexual reproduction – from Arabidopsis to Dipterocarpaceae.’
Among the comprehensive discussions he has presented in the seminar, at least three points could be summarized:
- He suggested and gave some evidences that the self- fertilizing plants is actually because of the loss of male determinant part of a self incompatibility (SI).
- He illustrated the contrast between phenotype plasticity versus rapid evolution by studying the changes in flowering behavior of an Arabidopsis wild specied and MADS gene expression in response to global climate change.
- He described the phenomena of flowering synchronicity behavior of tropical forest species (Shorea sp.) and correlate this flowering behavior with an MADS gene expression. He found out that both the flowering synchronicity behavior and the pattern of MADS gene expression may have been associated with drought stress response.
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