Entries by Arif Ashraf

OsEIL1 affects auxin biosynthesis in ethylene-inhibited rice root elongation

The role of crosstalk between auxin and ethylene in primary root development has been studied in the dicot model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, but is less well understood in monocots. Through a genetic screen for roots that elongate in the presence of ethylene , Qin, Zhang et al. identified a mutant rice ethylene insensitive (rein7-1). REIN7 […]

Identification of a methyltransferase catalyzing the final step of methyl anthranilate synthesis in cultivated strawberry

Methyl anthranilate (MA) is a volatile chemical that contributes to the aroma of strawberry (Fragaria spp.), but several modern varieties do not produce this chemical. Pillet et al. tried to identify the biosynthetic pathway of MA. They compared transcriptomes between MA-producing and non-producing varieties and identified five candidate genes, one of which was predicted to […]

Luminaries: Philip N. Benfey

BY ARIF ASHRAF, ASPB Student Ambassador and Research Student, Cryobio Research Center, Iwate University, Japan (Originally published September 2016) Professor, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina Philip N. Benfey graduated from the University of Paris and received his  PhD in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University under the guidance of Dr. Philip Leder. He did […]