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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…

Putting up resistance (Scientist magazine 2014)

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An introduction to wheat stem rust, a disease caused by the rust fungus Puccinia graminis, and efforts to breed resistant wheat varieties. View full article

Trans-kingdom Cross-Talk: Small RNAs on the Move

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PLOS Genetics Review article by Marijn Knip, Maria E. Constantin and Hans Thordal-Christense (2014). Knip M, Constantin ME, Thordal-Christensen H (2014) Trans-kingdom Cross-Talk: Small RNAs on the Move. PLoS Genet 10(9): e1004602. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004602 View full article

Epigenetic Regulation in Plant Responses to the Environment (Review article Baulcombe & Dean, 2014)

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Baulcombe, D.C. and Dean, C. (2014). Epigenetic Regulation in Plant Responses to the Environment. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology. 6:a019471. Comprehensive review article, open access, excellent overview of our understanding of epigenetic regulation in plants. Source: Cold Spring Harbor…

Introduction to Parasitic Flowering Plants (American Phytopathological Society)

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Overview of how Agrobacterium tumefaciens infects plants and causes disease. Published by APS. Crown gall by Kado, C.I. 2002. Crown gall. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI:10.1094/PHI-I-2002-1118-01 Excellent introducation to parastici plants. Nickrent, D.L. and Musselman, L.J. 2004. Introduction…

APS Plant Disease Lessons: Crown gall

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Overview of how Agrobacterium tumefaciens infects plants and causes disease. Published by APS. Crown gall by Kado, C.I. 2002. Crown gall. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI:10.1094/PHI-I-2002-1118-01 View resource

New Phytologist special issue Ecology and evolution of mycorrhizas (March 2015)

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This special issues of New Phytologist is full of Open Access articles, reviews and commentaries about mycorrhizas and a good resource for students who want to learn more about this important topic. A Supplemental Resource for TTPB "Plants and their microsymbionts" View resource

Armed and Dangerous (Science Magazine News 12 February 2010)

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An introduction to seven of the more serious biological threats to food security, including wheat stem rust, potato blight, black sigatoka, witchweed (Striga hermonthica), rice blast, Asian soybean rust, and cassava brown streak virus. View resource

Am J Bot (Review). Auxin activity: Past, present and future (2015)

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Nice Open Access overview of auxin history and signaling, good for teaching. Enders, T.A. and Strader, L.C. (2015). Auxin activity: Past, present, and future. American Journal of Botany. 102: 180-196. "Long before its chemical identity was known, the phytohormone auxin was postulated to regulate plant…

Plant Physiology: Special issue "Water"

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This April 2014 Special Issue on Water is freely accessible and includes reviews on all aspects of plant water use from guard cells to cavitation. Great resource for teaching undergraduate or graduate plant physiology. View resource