Entries by Mary Williams

The mechanism by which MYC2 regulates the termination of jasmonic acid signaling

Source: Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology Published: 2019-01-11. Translated from the original. As an important plant hormone, jasmonic acid regulates plant defense responses and adaptive growth. When the plant is exposed to pests or other stresses, the active jasmonic acid is recognized by the receptor COI1 (CORONATINE-INSENSITIVE 1) to release the activity of the […]

New Teaching Tool: “Molecular Control of Plant Shoot Architecture”

We’re excited to announce the publication of The Plant Cell’s latest Teaching Tool, “Molecular Control of Plant Shoot Architecture,” by Agustin Zsögön and Lázaro E. P. Peres, available without subscription at Plantae.org. Manipulation of plant form and height has been instrumental in the domestication and improvement of crops. The balance between growth of vegetative (stems, […]

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Swarup Roy Choudhury

Swarup Roy Choudhury, first author of The role of Gβ protein in controlling cell expansion via potential interaction with lipid metabolic pathways Current Position: Assistant Professor, IISER, Tirupati, India Education: Ph.D. in Plant Science, Bose Institute, Kolkata, India; M.S. in Plant Science, University of Kalyani, India. Non-scientific Interests: Reading, Exercising, Traveling and Gardening Brief bio: As a Ph.D. […]

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Clay Wright

Clay Wright, first author of Plant Synthetic Biology: Quantifying the Known Unknowns and Discovering the Unknown Unknowns Current Position: Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, Translational Plant Science Program, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA USA. Education: Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Biology and Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 2014-2018; Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2014; B.S., Chemical […]

Arabidopsis bioinformatics resources: Current state, challenges, and priorities for the future (Plant Direct)

Future research success demands that data are reliable, accessible and shareable. This means that as types and magnitudes of data change, best practices for how data are collected and stored must be regularly updated. Following a focused workshop, the International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium has presented a vision for these best practices and how to implement […]

What We’re Reading: January 11th

This week’s edition is guest edited by Arif Ashraf, a PhD student at Iwate University, Japan and Graduate Student Ambassador of ASPB (NOTE: Apply by January 15th to be an ASPB ambassador). His research interest is understanding the hormonal interplay in primary root development of Arabidopsis thaliana. He blogs about plant science (http://www.aribidopsis.com/). Arif is […]

The secret of NIN (Nodule Inception) ($) (Plant Cell)

Twenty years ago, a genetic screen of Lotus japonicas identified NIN (NODULE INCEPTION), a transcription factor required for both early (infection thread) and late (nodule primordium development) stages of nodule formation. In daphne (a weak allele of NIN), infection threads form but not nodule primordia, suggesting that the NIN gene is only partially effective and that […]

Opinion: Capsaicinoids: Pungency beyond Capsicum (Trends Plant Sci)

You probably saw this article being discussed in your favorite news channel (in the UK, coverage spanned from the Daily Mail to the Guardian). In an Opinion article, Naves et al. discuss the genetics, biochemistry, ecology and health-benefits of capsaicinoids (the “heat” in chili pepper), and consider the feasibility of increasing their production through engineering […]