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Copious cucurbits coming up! Function of the Female locus in cucumber gynoecy

If you’ve ever grown cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) at home, you know that at some point over the summer, those cucumbers will probably produce a bounty of fruit and only your trusted pickle recipe will help manage the massive number of cucumbers. Rather than being overwhelmed commercial growers want…

Wheat NAC019 regulates kernel weight and quality

Gao et al. demonstrate TaNAC019 regulates kernel weight and quality in wheat. The Plant Cell (2021). http://bit.ly/3qCTXSH By YJ Gao, KX An, WW Guo, YM Chen, RJ Zhang, X Zhang, SY Chang, V Rossi, FM Jin, XY Cao, MM Xin, HR Peng, ZR Hu, WL Guo, JK Du, ZF Ni, QX Sun, and YY Yao Background: Wheat…

EMFasizing the conserved function of Polycomb in rice endosperm development

F1 plants resulting from crosses between parents of different strains often exhibit improved fitness, known as heterosis, or also hybrid vigor. Hybrids are heavily used in modern agriculture and could be part of the solution to address the challenge of feeding an ever-growing world population. However,…

Turning the Tap: How Plants Modulate Aromatic Amino Acid Biosynthesis

Yokoyama et al. explore regulation of the shikimate biosynthetic pathway in plants. https://bit.ly/3oZeh01 By Ryo Yokoyama and Hiroshi A. Maeda, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison  Background: The shikimate pathway directs bulk carbon toward biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids…

Plantae Presents: Eric Schranz and Caroline Pont

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Plantae Presents: Eric Schranz and Caroline Pont Feb 10 -  10am EST, 3pm GMT, 4pm CET Register Here Eric Schranz: Context Matters: Phylogenomic synteny analysis of plants and animals Eric Schranz is currently the professor of Biosystematics at Wageningen University. He was a an undergraduate…

Plant Point of View: Orchids

This series is the exploration of plants that are notable for various reasons: e.g., by producing specialized metabolites, by illuminating evolution, by serving as genetic models, or by their contributions towards practical applications. Orchids The orchid family (Orchidaceae) is the second largest…

Plantae Presents Panel: Specialized Metabolites Part 2 (Metabolites and defense)

We’re pleased to announce the next in our series of webinars that are drawn from contributed short videos, followed by a panel discussion. This week we’ll look at the topic of specialized metabolites, featuring scientists from the US, Israel, and India, moderated by Gitanjali Yandiv. Plants are…

Plantae Presents Panel: Specialized Metabolites JAN 27

We’re pleased to announce the next in our series of webinars that are drawn from contributed short videos, followed by a panel discussion. This week we’ll look at the topic of specialized metabolites, featuring scientists from France, England, and Brazil, moderated by Gitanjali Yandiv. Plants…

Outreach during a global pandemic: The ABRC’s shift to a virtual format

Written by Courtney Price, Education & Outreach Specialist for the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center and the Center for Applied Plant Sciences, Graduate Program Coordinator for the Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program, The Ohio State University. Though information about the COVID-19…