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Recognizing Plant Direct first authors: Anutthaman Parthasarathy

Anutthaman Parthasarathy, first author of The Arabidopsis thaliana gene annotated by the locus tag At3g08860 encodes alanine aminotransferase Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Prof. A. O. Hudson), Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences Education: BSc - Chemistry (Madras University,…

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Liang-Yu Hou

Liang-Yu Hou, first author of NTRC plays a crucial role in starch metabolism, redox balance and tomato fruit growth Current Position: PhD candidate in Dr. Peter Geigenberger’s lab, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Education: Bsc in Life Science at the National Central University…

Recognizing Plant Direct first authors: Ami N. Saito

Ami N. Sait, first author of  Structure-function study of a novel inhibitor of the Casein Kinase 1 family in Arabidopsis thaliana Current Position: PhD student, Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University, Japan Education: B. Eng. in synthetic organic chemistry, Waseda University, Japan Non-scientific…

Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Yingying Meng

Yingying Meng, first author of The MYB Activator WHITE PETAL1 Associates with MtTT8 and MtWD40-1 to Regulate Carotenoid-Derived Flower Pigmentation in Medicago truncatula Current Position: Associate Professor, Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Education:…

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Daniele Rosado

Daniele Rosado, first author of Downregulation of PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR 4 influences plant development and fruit production Current Position: PhD student in the group of Prof. Magdalena Rossi at the Institute of Biosciences, University of São Paulo Education: B.Sc. in Biology, University…

Regulation of Florigen Trafficking

Liu et al. elucidate the regulation of FT movement by a MCTP-SNARE complex. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00960   By Lu Liu and Hao Yu, Department of Biological Sciences and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, National University of Singapore, Singapore  Background: The transition…

Review: Plant networks as traits and hypotheses: Moving beyond description ($) (TIPS)

In Star Wars Episode 2, Obi Wan identifies the location of a missing planet by walking through a 3D projection of the galaxy. I’ve always hoped that if we obtain enough data and figure out how to display it properly, we’ll “see” what parts are out of place or missing. But getting from simple…

Editorial and Special Issue. Biotechnology of the sweetpotato: Ensuring global food and nutrition security in the face of climate change (Plant Cell Reports)

Global food security is increasingly threatened by expanding industrialization and skyrocketing human populations set in the backdrop of dramatically shifting environmental conditions due to climate change. Innovations in agricultural practices and technology are required to overcome the unprecedented…

KonMari for Maize - keeping genomes clutter-free during selfing ($) (Nature Plants)

Just like years of hoarding can end up cluttering our homes, years of self-fertilization or selfing can also accumulate harmful mutations in plant genomes. By removing such harmful alleles from the genome (i.e., purging) plants can reduce the mutational load and prevent fitness loss due to selfing. Roessler…