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Arabidopsis thaliana-associated Pseudomonas diversity and evolution

There is not much available information regarding the evolutionary aspects of one of the most studied pathosystem in plant biology: Arabidopsis thaliana and Pseudomonas. Karazov et al. performed various surveys in Arabidopsis wild populations, for the detection and characterization of their associated…

Auxin regulates shoot stem cells

Auxin and cytokinin play critical roles in determination of cell fate in the shoot apical meristem (SAM). Until now auxin's role was thought to be confined to the peripheral zone (PZ), promoting cell differentiation and organogenesis, mediated by AR5/MP. However, studies using GC-MS have shown the presence…

Co-expression networks for strawberry flower and fruit development

The diploid strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is a useful model system for understanding non-climacteric ripening and seed-to-fruit cross-tissues communication. Previously, spatial and temporal transcriptome data from the strawberry fruit and flowers was generated. Shahan and colleagues combine the transcriptome…

Review: Applying synthetic biology and genetic engineering to photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is a complex process that has the potential to be greatly improved through human modifications. However, these modifications have been limited by two main factors: the high degree of conservation of the components, and the multiprotein complexes that require specifically modified proteins…

What We're Reading: July 20th

This week we have a short edition as the editor and many of the contributors have been busy at the Plant Biology meeting in Montréal, Canada. This was a hugely successful conference by all accounts. You can get a glimpse of it from the level of activity on Twitter - see #PlantBio18. Besides great scientific…

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Said Hafidh

Said Hafidh, first author of Dynamics of Nicotiana tabacum pollen sequestrome defined by subcellular coupled omics Current Position:  Research fellow, Institute of Experimental Botany (IEB), Prague Education: BSc and PhD at the University of Leicester (2002-2009) Non-scientific Interests: Cycling,…

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Jing Wang

Jing Wang, first author of AnnAt1 and AnnAt2 regulate Arabidopsis primary root growth in response to sugar Current Position:  Ph.D candidate in University of Texas Education: Master of Science in Shandong University, China Non-scientific Interests:  Cooking, hiking and traveling Brief bio:…

Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Lin Zhang

Lin Zhang, first author of Nucleus-encoded Protein BFA1 Promotes Efficient Assembly of the Chloroplast ATP Synthase Coupling Factor 1 Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China. Education: PhD in Developmental Biology…

Cellulose Synthase Stoichiometry Varies among Species and Tissues

Cellulose, the most abundant biopolymer on earth, is an important structural component of the primary and secondary cell wall of plant cells. It is also found in animals (tunicates), oomycetes, and bacteria (Kumar and Turner, 2015). Besides providing support and rigidity in living organisms, cellulose…