Entries by Cecilia Vasquez-Robinet

Microtubule reassembly mediated by ethylene in response to salt stress (Plant Physiol.)

It has been shown previously that cortical microtubule reorganization contributes to adaptation to salt stress; however, the upstream factors that signal this response are not know. Ethylene has been shown to regulate microtubule stability and organization in roots and etiolated hypocotyls. Ethylene signaling can be blocked using Ag+ in presence of NaCl; Dou et al. […]

Single Parent Expression (SPE) of non-syntenic genes in maize hybrids (Curr. Biol.) ($)

In maize, it has long been known that the crossing of two inbred lines can produce a hybrid offspring with higher yield than the parents. Baldauf and collaborators have studied the gene expression of 6 hybrid lines coming from 7 distantly related inbred lines. One line, B73, was chosen as the common female parent, since […]

Supression of phyB dark reversion by PCH1 and PCHL (Nature Comms.)

Nature Comms. Phytochromes can exist in two states: an inactive state Pr and an active state Pfr. They convert into each other by light absorption. They can also revert to the inactive state by a light-independent thermal relaxation process called dark reversion. Phytochrome B is the primary receptor for red light (R) and is strongly […]

Cross-species functional diversity within the PIN auxin efflux protein family

Polar localized PIN FORMED (PIN) efflux carriers proteins organize directional auxin flow and accumulation. Most flowering plants have  another family of PIN proteins called Sister of PIN1 (SoPIN1), which Arabidopsis and members of the Brassicacea family do not have. The grass Brachypodium dystachion has one SoPIN1 gene and two PIN1 genes: PIN1a and PIN1b. O´Connor […]

The genome of Quenopodium quinoa, a halophytic pseudocereal

Quenopodiium quinoa is a highly nutritive and facultative halophyte pseudocereal whose cultivation has increased 10 fold in the last decades. However, the adaption to non-native areas is not easy to achieve and the limited genetic resources do not allow a breeding program. Zou and collaborators have generated a genome draft, covering 90.2% of the nuclear […]