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Get Your Message Across: A Guide to Artwork and Illustrations for Better Impact and Clarity

This PlantBio20 workshop, organized by the ASPB Publications, covered the production of figures, artwork, illustrations, and posters that effectively convey information and complex concepts. The workshop consisted of three presentations on principles of good design, using R/Python to generate complex…

A Balancing act between virus replication and transcription

Gao et al. demonstrate that CK1 regulates plant cytorhabdovirus infections in both plants and insects. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00369   By Qiang Gao and Xian-Bing Wang, China Agricultural University  Background: Phosphorylation is a widespread post-translational modification…

Small but powerful: miRNA-derived peptides promote grape adventitious root formation

Magdalena Julkowska, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Magdalena.Julkowska@kaust.edu.sa ORCID: 0000-0002-4259-8296  Although plant genomes typically contain hundreds of miRNA encoding genes, we know little about how miRNA expression is regulated (Wang et al., 2019). The expression…

Peptide-Receptor Signaling Pumps the Brakes on Auxin Biosynthesis and Ethylene Signaling to Harmonize Root Growth and Nodulation

Nitrogen (N) is the most abundant element in Earth’s atmosphere. However, plants must capture this essential element from soil through their roots. To do this, legume roots forge symbioses with rhizobia to initiate nodule development. Root nodules provide rhizobia an environment suitable for converting…

Extreme Engineering: How Antarctic Algae Adapt to Hypersalinity

Magdalena Julkowska, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Magdalena.Julkowska@kaust.edu.sa ORCID: 0000-0002-4259-8296 Photosynthetic organisms can be found across most environments on Earth, including the most extreme ones. The McMurdo Valleys in Antarctica are among the driest…

The Multifaceted Roles of Autophagy in Fixed-carbon Starvation

McLoughlin et al. uncover the critical roles of autophagy in recycling amino acids and nitrogen-rich nucleotides, adjusting respiratory substrates, and the retention of assimilated nitrogen in maize during fixed-carbon starvation. The Plant Cell (2020) https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00226  Background:…

A new order through disorder: intrinsically disordered proteins reshape the cytoskeleton under drought stress

Many proteins have a clearly defined structure-function relationship – specific three-dimensional folds can be linked to specific protein functions. We do however know that many proteins – referred to as intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) – lack rigid three-dimensional organisation. In recent…

#PlantBio20 Experience

Happy to see my twitter handle (@shakeelpbg) on this list.#PlantBio20 a great virtual world summit and a great experience.Thanks is due to @ASPB and others https://t.co/hG4hcRtBYK— Shakeel Ahmad (@shakeelpbg) August 2, 2020 Somehow ended up in the top 50 🤷‍♂️👍 I'll call it…

#PlantBio20 Inclusion

You can make plant science more accessible to disabled people (including disabled LGBTQIA people), by learning to use image descriptions & alt text to make these images accessible. It also increases your reach! https://t.co/9yl0LC1LXN— Megan Lynch (@may_gun) July 29, 2020 Really useful…