Epigenetic regulation of the plant-environment interplay

Eukaryotic organisms exposed to adverse conditions are required to show a certain degree of transcriptional plasticity in order to cope successfully with stress.

Epigenetic regulation of the genome is a key regulatory mechanism allowing dynamic changes of the transcriptional status of the plant in response to stress. However, in many cases the mechanist details underlying this phenomenon have not been completely elucidated.

To address this issue we use a combination of next-generation sequencing techniques, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and mathematical modeling to characterize the dynamic changes in epigenetic marks ongoing in cucumber and melon plants exposed to biotic and abiotic stress conditions. Figure