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Cork Laboratory Research Group

Cork Laboratory

Cork Laboratory

Cork Laboratory

Cork Laboratory

Cork Laboratory

Cork Laboratory

Cork Laboratory

Cork Laboratory

Cork Laboratory

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The Cork Laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms involved in the formation of the plant phellem, including cork. The last years have seen us focusing our studies on the genes involved in the accumulation of suberin, a polymer found in phellem cell walls. The cork produced by the cork oak (Quercus suber) is an exceptional phellem owing to the large number of cell layers it develops and to the large quantity of suberin it accumulates. We have been using this tissue in the laboratory to identify the genes involved in phellem formation and the suberisation process. To confirm the function of these genes we have been using a second phellem model, potato-tuber skin. In this case, the activity of the genes previously identified is modified and the effects produced in the phellem are analysed, both at cellular and tissue-development level, as is the impact from its protective capacity.

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