Entries by Jennifer Lockhart

Ripe for the Picking: Finding the Gene Behind Variation in Strawberry Fruit Color

Sweet ripe strawberries (Fragaria spp.) come in colors ranging from deep burgundy to white and everything in between. Such variation attracts consumers and gardeners alike, making fruit color an important breeding target. Strawberry fruit receptacles vary in color due to different levels of anthocyanins. These water-soluble pigments are synthesized at the endoplasmic reticulum via the […]

Get it Sorted: A Classic Endocytic Sorting Mechanism in Mammals is Conserved in Plants

The plasma membrane (PM) is an exquisitely dynamic structure. It has to be, since it serves as the interface between the cell and the ever-changing environment. PM-associated signaling proteins shuttle quickly between the PM and the cell’s interior to help the organism respond to whatever comes its way. Cells employ pathways such as clathrin-mediated endocytosis […]