Plants produce the majority of the biomass that can be used as a source for sustainable, renewable energy. This energy is stored mainly as lignocellulose in wood which can be used as raw material for industry. Wood originates from the vascular cambium but the molecular mechanism of the cambial activity is still largely unknown. Especially, it is unknown how the cambial stem cells are organized.
Therefore, the aim of the proposed research is to locate and understand the regulation of cambial stem cells. We are developing new tools, such as lineage tracing and cell ablation approaches, to functionally locate the stem cells. We are also taking a genetic screen and candidate gene approaches to identify novel cambium regulators. With the help of the new tools and cambial regulators, our goal is to get a mechanistic understanding of the cambial stem cell regulation.