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EDITORIAL The Plant Cell celebrates 30 years of publishing the best work in plant biology

By Sabeeha S. Merchant, Nancy A. Eckardt and Nancy Winchester As Bob Goldberg, founding editor, noted upon the 20th anniversary of The Plant Cell in 2009 (Vol. 21, pp. 3–12), 1989 was a year of major change: not just for the world (“the Iron Curtain came down, the Berlin Wall crumbled, the…

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Jeremy Jewell

Jeremy Jewell, first author of Extracellular ATP shapes a defense-related transcriptome both independently and along with other defense signaling pathways Current Position: Postdoc, Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, USA Education: PhD, Molecular Plant Sciences,…

New Teaching Tool: "Molecular Control of Plant Shoot Architecture"

We’re excited to announce the publication of The Plant Cell’s latest Teaching Tool, “Molecular Control of Plant Shoot Architecture,” by Agustin Zsögön and Lázaro E. P. Peres, available without subscription at Plantae.org. Manipulation of plant form and height has been instrumental in…

The Plantae Job Center - January 9, 2019

Internship Posts: Recent Job Posts: Make the most of your profile on Jobs.Plantae.org: · Upload your resume/CV, so you can apply for jobs faster · Make your resume/CV public, so employers can find you · Set up Job Alerts, so you’ll get an email any time a job that fits…

A Positive Regulatory Loop for Systemic Acquired Resistance

Wang et al. find a positive feedback loop consisting of MPK3/6, WRKY33, ALD1, and pipecolic acid regulates local immune amplification contributing to systemic acquired resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00547 By Yiming Wang, Jürgen Zeier, and Kenichi Tsuda…

New imaging technique developed for the quantitative visualization of sucrose in plants

(Translated from the original) Regina Devrient Press and Public Relations Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research   Sucrose is the primary transport form of sugar in plants. It therefore plays an essential role as an energy source, but also as a signal generator under…

Another gun Dismantled: ABSCISIC ACID INSENSITIVE4 Is Not a Target of Retrograde Signaling

By Amna Mhamdi and Charlotte M.M. Gommers The nuclear genome encodes the majority of chloroplast-localized proteins and, in return, chloroplasts exert some control over nuclear gene expression via so-called retrograde signals. These signals derive from developing chloroplasts (referred to as biogenic…

Moonlighting Enzymes: How Often Are We Missing Secondary Functions?

We think of enzymes as highly specific catalysts that carry out one reaction and show nearly absolute substrate specificity. However, absolute specificity is the exception, not the rule, as most enzymes accept several structurally similar substrates. Moreover, many enzymes catalyze alternative reactions…

Plant Cell Wall Composition: Does Ploidy Matter?

Most of the carbon dioxide sequestered by plants during photosynthesis is converted into sugars and stored into polysaccharide-enriched cells walls that constitute the majority of the plant biomass. While plants have long been considered a valuable resource of biomaterials for the chemical and textile…