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Mohammed Abu-Dieyeh: Plant Direct First Author

Mohammed Abu-Dieyeh, first author of "Biodiversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in plant roots and rhizosphere soil from different arid land environment of Qatar" Current Position: Acting Department Head, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University. Education: B.Sc.…

Shan Jiang: The Plant Cell First Author

Shan Jiang, first author of "The UBP14-CDKB1; 1-CDKG2 cascade controls endoreduplication and cell growth in Arabidopsis" Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China). Education: Bachelor’s degree in…

Mou Zhang: Plant Physiology First Author

Mou Zhang, first author of “Aquaporin OsPIP2;2 Links the H2O2 Signal and a Membrane-anchored Transcription Factor to Promote Plant Defense” Current Position: Postdoc, Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming, China Education: Ph.D., Nanjing Agricultural University, China. M.S., Yunnan Agricultural…

Anchoring Membranes in Cyanobacteria

Ostermeier et al. introduce AncM, a new factor for structuring the photosynthetic membrane system in cyanobacteria. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab253 By Matthias Ostermeier, Steffen Heinz and Jörg Nickelsen at Molecular Plant Science at LMU Munich Background: Cyanobacteria are…

TT2 controls rice thermotolerance through SCT1-dependent alteration of wax biosynthesis (Nature Plants)

Global warming severely affects agricultural harvests, risking food security. To deal with heat stress, plants show different strategies. Indeed, heat increases intracellular Ca2+ levels to activate a heat shock response. In addition, GTP-binding proteins, which transduce extracellular signals to intracellular…

After all, mutations are not that random (Nature)

Mutations, defined as changes in DNA sequence, have long been considered to be random. However, growing evidence suggests that maybe mutations are not random, but instead some loci in the genome are hot spots for mutations, while other loci rarely mutate. This effect is considered mutation bias. A recent…

The genomic ecosystem of transposable elements in maize (PLOS Genetics)

A new paper looking at transposable elements in maize uses the framework that genomes are similar to ecosystems, in that it is essential to study them comprehensively, from the level of each element to the global structure. Transposable elements (TEs) are dynamic and persistent within plant genomes.…

Transcriptome sequencing of a novel albino mutant of hexaploid sweetpotato (Plant Mol Biol Rep)

Albino plants lack chlorophyll, which means that they cannot photosynthesize. These kinds of plant are unique and can offer information as to the molecular mechanism of chlorophyll degradation and photosynthesis in plants. Here, Arisha et al. explored the differences in gene expression patterns of seedling…

The PARTHENOGENESIS gene that contributes the clonal propagation through seeds in dicot dandelion (Nature Genetics)

In plants with sexual reproduction, the male contribution (two sperm cells) is necessary to fertilize two female cells, the egg cell that gives rise to the embryo and the central cell that gives rise to the endosperm. In contrast, apomictic plants (0.1% of flowering plants spread over 120 genera) don´t…