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Restriction Release: improved maize transformation efficiency

Magdalena M. Julkowska Magdalena.Julkowska@kaust.edu.sa Improvement of crops using traditional breeding is too slow to ensure food production able to sustain the growing human population, especially in the face of climate change (Hickey et al., 2019). Transformation methods for monocot crops depend…

Keep it steamy: improved quantification of the humidity within the leaf

Magdalena M. Julkowska Magdalena.Julkowska@kaust.edu.sa Stomata are the gatekeepers of plant water status, regulating the balance between plant CO2 uptake and water loss. Stomatal conductance (gs) can be estimated by microscopy of wax or plastic leaf surface imprints, but this technique is time…

How To Identify Autophagy Modulators

Author: Masanori Izumi Affiliation: RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Wako 351-0198, Japan masanori.izumi@riken.jp Autophagy is the ubiquitous process in eukaryotes leading to the degradation of intracellular components, during which a portion of the cytoplasm, including organelles,…

NTRC: a key regulatory hub in carbon metabolism and redox balance in developing tomato fruits

Maria Grazia Annunziata Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany. ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8593-1741 By acting as redox regulatory factor, NADPH-dependent thioredoxin reductase C (NTRC) is involved in many metabolic processes as well as plastid biogenesis. It…

WRKY1 integrates cellular nitrogen and light-energy resources in Arabidopsis thaliana

Tessa Moses The Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IQB3), The King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3BF, United Kingdom. E-mail: Tessa.Moses@ed.ac.uk, ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9366-4727 WRKY1 is a member of the WRKY transcription factor family…

Simulation modeling platform provides a powerful tool for identifying optimal traits and management practices for wheat production

Author: Robert P Skelton1 skelrob@berkeley.edu Affiliation: Dept. of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA  Global demand for food security places an emphasis on a need to improve crop yield. The complexity of plant development and its interaction…

No Stakes for High Strength Corn

Kim L Johnson La Trobe Institute for Agriculture & Food, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3086, Australia In September 2019 hurricane Dorian swept across to the southeast coast of the USA and strong winds and downpours led to major crop…

Plant Tomosyn is a negative regulator of SNARE-mediated secretion in pollen

Emily R Larson, emily.larson@bristol.ac.uk Vesicle transport is one of those molecular processes that is easy to take for granted. From cell expansion and polarised growth to protein regulation and signalling, vesicle trafficking plays its unsung part. We tend to believe that we know a lot about this…

Decoding Natural Variation in Chloroplast Size

Lynn GL Richardson lynnr@msu.edu Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 Chloroplasts, like their cyanobacterial ancestors, use binary fission to divide and generate new organelles. The origins of the division machinery stem from both the original eukaryotic…