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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…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: John J. Spiekerman

John J. Spiekerman, first author of The halophyte seashore paspalum uses adaxial leaf papillae for sodium sequestration Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Georgia Education: Ph.D. University of Georgia (UGA), Plant Biology; B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC),…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Ronghuan Ji

Ronghuan Ji, co-first author of Soybean Dicer-Like 2 Regulates Seed Coat Color via Production of Primary 22-nt Small Interfering RNAs from Long Inverted Repeats Current Position: Research assistant in Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Education: Ph.D degree in 2020, Chinese Academy of Agricultural…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Jinbu Jia

Jinbu Jia, co-first author of Soybean Dicer-Like 2 Regulates Seed Coat Color via Production of Primary 22-nt Small Interfering RNAs from Long Inverted Repeats Current Position: Research Assistant Professor at School of Life Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen 518055,…

Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Lester Botoman

Lester Botoman, first author of Increasing zinc concentration in maize grown under contrasting soil types in Malawi through agronomic biofortification: Trial protocol for a field experiment to detect small effect sizes Current Position: PhD student, Crop and Soil Sciences Department, Lilongwe University…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Laura Klasek

Laura Klasek, first author of Chloroplast chaperonin-mediated targeting of a thylakoid membrane protein Current Position: Research Scientist I, Elemental Enzymes Education: PhD in Plant Biology from UC Davis (Inoue and Theg labs), BA in Biology and English with a creative writing focus from Hendrix…

Lipid Synthesis and Beyond: SAD Fatty Acid Desaturases Contribute to Seed Development

Fatty acid (FA) desaturases have long been recognized as key enzymes in synthesizing lipids containing unsaturated FAs, which constitute the majority of seed oil. As a major class of FA desaturases, stearoyl-acyl carrier protein desaturases (SADs) catalyze the first desaturation step, producing the monounsaturated…

A novel Trojan horse for molecule delivery into plants

Marc-Sven Roell1 ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2714-8729 1Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Universitätsstrasse 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany marc-sven.roell@hhu.de The agronomic application of nanotechnology harbors huge potential for future agriculture (Landry…

How Rice Fights Salinity

Wang et al. demonstrate how rice alters the expression of a sodium transporter gene under salinity stress. The Plant Cell (2020). Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00301 By Jie Wang, Nan Nan, Ning Li, Yutong Liu, Tian-Jing Wang, Inhwan Hwang, Bao Liu and Zheng-Yi Xu Background: Excessive…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Nikita Bhatnagar

Nikita Bhatnagar, first author of Heterotrimeric G-protein interactions are conserved despite regulatory element loss in some plants Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Education: Ph. D. in Plant Biotechnology, Kyung Hee University, South Korea Non-scientific…