Fibre development in the red cotton tree Bombax ceiba
Dr Ramsden, Lawrence (Principal investigator)
Other Funding Scheme
Seed capsules of the red cotton tree Bombax ceiba contain abundant fibres which are part of the seed dispersal mechanism for this species. The formation of these fibres is being investigated to understand the mechanisms controlling their initiation and development. This will provide an insight into the regulation of cell wall formation which is a key step in determining plant cell morphology.