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Nanoscale movements of cellulose microfibrils in primary cell walls ($)

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Cell walls are complex mixtures of cellulose microfibrils, proteins and other materials. Their mechanical properties can be measured and modeled, but it is not always simple to translate these measurements to changes at the molecular level. Zhang et al. used atomic force microscopy to provide an unprecedented…

Get it Sorted: A Classic Endocytic Sorting Mechanism in Mammals is Conserved in Plants

The plasma membrane (PM) is an exquisitely dynamic structure. It has to be, since it serves as the interface between the cell and the ever-changing environment. PM-associated signaling proteins shuttle quickly between the PM and the cell’s interior to help the organism respond to whatever comes its…

Plantae Presents Panel: Evo-devo as a discovery tool

Plantae Presents - Evo-devo. What can we learn from comparative studies? Wednesday October 28 (10 am EDT, 2 pm GMT - note that on this date the clocks in Europe have "fallen back" to standard time, whist those in the US have not!) Register here We're pleased to announce the second in our series…

Cryptochromes Go Toe to Toe with TOEs Too

Scott Hayes Affiliation: Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University, Wageningen 6708 PB, The Netherlands ORCiD: 0000-0001-8943-6238 scott.hayes@wur.nl To breed or not to breed, that is the question. The switch from vegetative to reproductive growth is one of the most important…

Balancing phosphorus and nitrogen during phosphate starvation

Wang et al. explore how plants increase Pi uptake and reduce nitrate uptake during Pi starvation. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00361 By Xue Wang and Yi-Fang Chen State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University,…

Plantae Webinar: Careers Beyond the Bench - Industry Edition

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Plantae Webinar: Careers Beyond the Bench - Industry Edition When: Monday, October 26, 2020  9 AM PDT (UTC-7)  | 11 AM CDT (UTC-5) | 12 PM EDT (UTC-4) Register Here About This Webinar During this Plantae webinar, which has been jointly organized by the ASPB EDIC Committee and the ASPB Women…

Mapping the Routes of Systemic Signaling in Arabidopsis

Zandalinas et al. identify the plant tissues that mediate systemic reactive oxygen signaling in response to high-light stress in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00453 By Sara I Zandalinas and Ron Mittler University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA  Background: Plants constantly…

Plantae Presents: Elizabeth Vierling and Rodrigo Gutierrez

Plantae Presents – Elizabeth Vierling and Rodrigo Gutierrez Wednesday October 21 10am EDT, 4 pm CET Elizabeth Vierling: From Chaperones to Mitochondria: Surviving Stress Elizabeth Vierling is  Professor at the University of Massachusettes Amherst and Founding Member of the ASPB Legacy…

Post-transcriptional regulation of nutrient transporters

Author: Stefanie Wege ORCID: 0000-0002-7232-5889 stefanie.wege@adelaide.edu.au Affiliation: ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, PRC, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Glen Osmond 5064, South Australia, Australia   Most…

Let’s stick together – a pectin biosynthetic mutant reveals the interconnectedness of plant cell walls

The plant cell wall is vital for plant survival—it mediates defence against pathogens, provides structural stability and controls growth to produce final plant form. Plant cell walls are composite structures formed mainly from cellulose, hemicelluloses, and pectins, and the interactions of these components…