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Plant Science Research Weekly: May 24th

Default activation and nuclear translocation of the plant cellular energy sensor SnRK1 ($) When I’m using my laptop without it being plugged in, at some point it enters battery saving mode as it senses that the battery charge is getting low. Organisms also sense their low energy reserves and activate…

Interviews with Synthetic Biologists: Kevin Chen

Synthetic biology is a set of tools, a way of thinking, the integration of engineering principles into biological sciences, and potentially the biggest opportunity for advances in plant sciences since PCR. Yet many struggle to define it, and fewer still grasp its full potential. In August 2019, a Plant…

Interviews with synthetic biologists: Paul South

Synthetic biology is a set of tools, a way of thinking, the integration of engineering principles into biological sciences, and potentially the biggest opportunity for advances in plant sciences since PCR. Yet many struggle to define it, and fewer still grasp its full potential. In August 2019,…

Reflections on Plant Cell Classics

In 2019, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Plant Cell. In recognition of this milestone, we have solicted a series of reflections by members of the editorial board and others. We asked them to write about one or more memorable and exciting articles published in The Plant Cell, and how it…

Plant Science Research Weekly: May 10th

Durum wheat genome highlights past domestication signatures and future improvement targets Durum wheat cultivar Svevo (Triticum turgidum L. ssp. durum) is a cereal crop predominantly grown for pasta production. It is the result of multiple rounds of domestication, originally deriving from wild emmer…

Sequencing Plant Transcriptomes at Single-Cell Resolution Allows Unprecedented Characterization of Genetic and Developmental Cellular Processes

Jose M Celedon 1 1 Michael Smith Laboratories, The University of British Columbia, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada. Transcriptomic studies in plants usually involve anonymous survey-style methods, where whole organs or tissues are homogenized, and each cell’s contribution to transcript…

Maximizing the signal, decreasing the noise, Part 2: Skills for speaking and designing clearly

About this seminar In part 1 of the webinar, Professor Tobias Baskin introduced a philosophy for writing clearly based on recognizing that our words are read. In part 2, he extends that philosophy to speaking and designing. Your talk is listened to by an audience; your figures are looked at by readers;…

Chemical convergence between plants and insects: biosynthetic origins and functions of common secondary metabolites

  Plants and insects aren't closely related, but the have indeed a plethora of similar chemical weapons used for their interactions (defense, attraction, etc). In this article Beran, et al, shows the different metabolites that are shared in both groups, in insects and plants. 1.The monoterpenes…

Plantae Seminar: Preparing your research story for peer review and publication

About this seminar Considering how important writing is to a career in science, many scientists receive little forrmal training in the writing process. In this seminar, Mary shares tips to help overcome common writing problems, drawing on her 25 years of teaching about scientific writing. Speaker…