Entries by Sonali Roy

Experimental Reproducibility 101 (Part 2)

This article is the second of three and is based on a workshop called “Reproducibility for all” presented at PlantBio18 by Benjamin Schwessinger, Sonali Roy, and Lenny Teytelman. In Part 1 (here), the authors describe the importance of having a data management plan, and the value of electronic notebooks. 3. Include a lot of detail […]

Experimental Reproducibility 101 (Part 1)

This article is the first of three and is based on a workshop called “Reproducibility for all” presented at PlantBio18 by Benjamin Schwessinger, Sonali Roy, and Lenny Teytelman. It’s late. You’re the last person in the lab now. The security personnel, who knows your cat by name, wishes you good luck with the experiments as […]

Plant Cell Editor Profile: Joseph J. Kieber

(Reprinted from The Plant Cell 10.1105/tpc.18.00110) At the crux of understanding plant biology lies the intricate hormone circuitry coordinating morphological and physiological changes as plants grow and adapt to their environment. As a curious middle school student in Locust, New Jersey, Professor Joseph Kieber, then a proud keeper of a personal vegetable garden, was first […]

Nitrate Ahoy! Shoot Cytokinin Signals Integrate Growth Responses with Nitrogen Availability

Nutrients are rarely distributed homogenously in soil. Consequently, plants have local and long-distance signaling systems in place to monitor and coordinate both demand and supply of essential macronutrients such as nitrogen (N). The “N-demand” long distance signal emanates from a section of the root system that may be facing N-deprivation, while the “N-supply” signal is […]

Goldilocks Principle: MtNFH1 Ensures Optimal Nod Factor Activity

Partner selection is a critical step that must occur early during establishment of Root Nodule Symbiosis (RNS). RNS refers to the mutualistic interaction between legumes and some non-legumes with soil bacteria that help convert atmospheric nitrogen into plant usable ammonia. In legumes such as Medicago truncatula, a successful interaction initiates two genetically separable but interdependent […]