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Diego López Márquez: The Plant Cell First Author

Diego López Márquez, co-first author of "PAMP-triggered genetic reprogramming involves widespread alternative transcription initiation and an immediate transcription factor wave" Current Position: Postdoc at Peter Brodersen`s lab (University of Copenhagen). Education: PhD in Advanced Biotechnology…

Axel Thieffry: The Plant Cell First Author

Axel Thieffry, co-first author of "PAMP-triggered genetic reprogramming involves widespread alternative transcription initiation and an immediate transcription factor wave" Current Position: Bioinformatics Project Manager, Intomics A/S, Lyngby, Denmark Education: BSc Biotechnics & Medical…

Craig Schenck: Plant Physiology First Author

Craig Schenck, first author of "Natural Variation Meets Synthetic Biology: Promiscuous Trichome-Expressed Acyltransferases from Nicotiana" Current Position: Assistant Professor Department of Biochemistry University of Missouri Education: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow Michigan State University, Ph.D.…

A. N. M. Rubaiyath Bin Rahman: Plant Physiology First Author

A. N. M. Rubaiyath Bin Rahman, first author of "The Absorption of Water from Humid Air by Grass Embryos During Germination" Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Education: Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong; M. Sc.…

Plant Cell Webinar: Celebrating the May 2022 Focus Issue on Plant Biotic Interactions (Part 2)

Plant Cell Webinar: Celebrating the May 2022 Focus Issue on Plant Biotic Interactions Plant Biotic Interactions (Part 2) Tuesday, May 24, 2022 10 AM PDT (UTC-7) | 1 PM EDT (UTC-4) | 5 PM UTC| 6 PM BST (UTC+1) This webinar will be recorded and posted to YouTube within a few days.  About This Webinar As…

Review: Protein phosphorylation “toggle switch” for plant iron balance (Trends Plant Sci)

Protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation act as a switch regulating a multitude of protein properties, be it their activity, interaction with other proteins, stability, or even cellular localization. This review by Li et al. describs the many ways that protein phosphorylation contributes to iron…

A plant-specific module for homologous recombination repair (PNAS)

Damage to DNA occurs through exposure to environmental stresses in animal and plant kingdoms alike. While the former groups are relatively well explored when it comes to DNA damage response (DDR) mechanisms, plant-related knowledge lags behind. A recent study by Wang et al. revealed a unique plant DDR…

Xylan-based nanocompartments orchestrate plant vessel wall patterning (Nature Plants)

Xylem vessels have a distinct secondary cell wall (SCW) formation, where the metaxylem stage contains a characteristic pit pattern. The hemicellulose xylan is an important component of the SCW, functioning as a crosslinking polymer that coats cellulose microfibrils and interacts with other SCW components.…

Cytokinin–CLAVATA cross-talk is an ancient mechanism regulating shoot meristem homeostasis in land plants (PNAS)

The shoot apical meristem (SAM) maintains a small pool of pluripotent stem cells, which are the source of all above-ground plant tissues. In Arabidopsis thaliana, CLAVATA3 (CLV3), CLAVATA1(CLV1) and RECEPTOR-LIKE PROTEIN KINASE2 (RPK2) repress WUSCHEL (WUS) expression. WUS induces CLV3, forming a local…