Entries by Mary Williams

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Inês Carqueijeiro

Inês Carqueijeiro, featured first author of Two tabersonine 6,7-epoxidases start synthesis of lochnericine-type alkaloids in Catharanthus roseus Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Tours Education: PhD in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Porto (2013), MS in Plant Biology at University of Porto (2008) and BS in Biology at University of Évora (2005) Non-scientific Interests: International politics, dance […]

A 5-enolpyruvylshikimate 3-phosphate synthase functions as a transcriptional repressor in Populus

Here’s a fascinating story; starting with an association study, Xie et al. found that a protein previously identified as an enzyme involved in phenylpropanoid metabolism (specifically, 5-enolpyruvylshikimate 3-phosphate synthase, EPSP) also acts as a transcriptional regulator of this pathway, not only increasing lignin content but also the expression of dozens of other genes involved in […]

Photochemistry beyond the red limit in chlorophyll f–containing photosystems ($) (Science)

Plant scientists are familiar with the steep drop in photosynthetic activity when plants are illuminated with far-red photons (> 700 nm), because the energy of these long-wavelength photos is insufficient to initiate photochemistry at the chlorophyll a reaction center. Previously, some studies have indicated that the long-wavelength chlorophyll f can serve as an antenna complex […]

What We’re Reading: June 21

This week we have some guest contributions from undergraduate student interns working with Professor Maria Julissa Ek-Ramos from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. Julissa helped the students select and read the papers, and worked with them on writing and editing the summaries, with additional editing provided by Mary Williams. What a nice learning experience. […]

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Katharina Belt

Katharina Belt, first author of An assembly factor promotes assembly of flavinated SDH1 into the succinate dehydrogenase complex Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO, Agriculture and Food, Floreat Education: PhD, School of Molecular Sciences, University of Western Australia Non-scientific Interests: Latin dance, hiking, travel Brief bio: I obtained my Bachelor and Master degree in Germany at the University of […]

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Nicola Zagari

Nicola Zagari, first author of CHLOROPLAST RIBOSOME ASSOCIATED supports translation under stress and interacts with the ribosomal 30S subunit Current Position: (Starting 1/08/2018) Junior Researcher Cell Biology at Enza Zaden, Enkhuizen, NL Education: Biotechnologies BSc at Bologna University, Plant biotech and breeding MSc at Wageningen University (NL). PhD at LMU (Munich, Germany), FEM (San Michele […]

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Pablo Pulido

Pablo Pulido, first author of CHLOROPLAST RIBOSOME ASSOCIATED supports translation under stress and interacts with the ribosomal 30S subunit Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, Germany. Education: PhD in Redox Biology, Department of Vegetal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Seville. Non-scientific Interests: Photography, travelling, diving, reading. Brief bio: Since early […]

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Nikolay Manavski

Nikolay Manavski, first author of CHLOROPLAST RIBOSOME ASSOCIATED supports translation under stress and interacts with the ribosomal 30S subunit Current Position: Postdoc at IBMP-CNRS, Strasbourg, France Education: Diploma and PhD in Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular Plant Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany. Non-scientific Interests: Running, cooking, reading, meditation. Brief bio: I’m interested in understanding how […]