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Plant Science Research Weekly: March 20

Update: How plants sense and respond to stressful environments A longstanding question in plant science is how plants “know” that they are under threat. The identification of cell-surface receptors that identify conserved pathogen patterns sheds some light on biotic stress perception, but what…

Plant Science Research Weekly: March 13

Opinion: We aren’t good at picking candidate genes, and it’s slowing us down Recent advances have facilitated the generation of huge phenotypic datasets from plant populations. However, the means to inexpensively organise such datasets to unequivocally determine causal genes has evaded researchers.…

Plant Science Research Weekly: March 7

Review: How mycorrhizal associations drive plant population and community biology ($) Great strides have been made in discovering the molecular players that allow plants and mycorrhizal fungi to establish their symbiosis. Here, Tedersoo et al. look beyond the single plant and address how these associations…

Announcing our 2020 Class of Plantae Fellows

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a vibrant and engaging community for plant scientists, we launched the Plantae Fellow Program in 2016. With over 80 applicants from all over the world, we are proud to announce the people accepted into this year’s class. The role of the Fellows is…

Phenome 2020 Presentation Recaps by Zihao Zheng

Last week, the Phenome 2020 meeting took place in Tucson, Arizona. Plantae Fellow and Plant Phenomics Community Network Leader Zihao Zheng attended, photographed, and summarized each talk. To get an idea of what the conference check out these tweet-length summaries.   elink.io | See Original See…

Metabolic labeling of RNAs uncovers hidden features and dynamics of the Arabidopsis transcriptome (Plant Cell)

The ability to directly sequence RNAs (RNA-seq) has revolutionized our understanding of gene expression, but it can miss or underestimate short-lived RNAs. Several methods have been developed to identify newly-synthesized mRNAs to provide a snapshot of transcription as it happens. Szabo present Neu-seq,…

Plant Science Research Weekly: February 28

Review: Crop phenomics and high-throughput phenotyping Crop phenomics has lagged behind crop genomics because traditional methods are time-consuming, expensive, invasive and subjective. Recently, high-throughput, automated, sensor and machine-vision methods have been developed, as reviewed by Yang…

Plantae Webinar: What Happens after Manuscript Submission?

Recorded Friday, March 6, 2020 In one of our recent webinars, Mary Williams discussed how to prepare your manuscript for publication. But what happens next?  In the second webinar of this series, Jon Munn, Jennifer Regala, and Mary Williams discussed how your manuscript is reviewed, from initial…

Plant Science Research Weekly: February 21

Review: In vitro analytical approaches to study plant ligand-receptor interactions It seems every other paper shows a nice diagram of a signaling cascade that includes a receptor interacting with its ligand. However, sometimes these diagrams are little more than speculation or guesswork. It’s not…