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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: Zhifeng Wang

Zhifeng Wang, first author of MYB transcription factor 161 mediates feedback regulation of Secondary wall-associated NAC-Domain 1 family genes for wood formation Current Position: Ph.D. candidate Education: Ph.D. and MS from State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and Breeding, Northeast Forestry University,…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Swayoma Banerjee

Swayoma Banerjee, co-first author of Spatial profiles of phosphate in roots indicate developmental control of uptake, recycling, and sequestration Current Position: Process Engineer, Intel Corp. Education: PhD, Biology, Texas A&M University, USA Non-scientific Interests: music, travel Brief…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Abira Sahu

Abira Sahu, co-first author of Spatial profiles of phosphate in roots indicate developmental control of uptake, recycling, and sequestration Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan Education: PhD, Biology, Texas A&M University, USA; Tech, Biotechnology, Heritage…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Yafei Zhao

Yafei Zhao, first author of TCP and MADS-box transcription factor networks regulate heteromorphic flower type identity in Gerbera hybrida Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki (2019 onward) Education: PhD (2019) and MSc (2013) at the University of Helsinki (Helsinki,…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Yuanrong Pei

Yuanrong Pei, co-first author of IRREGULAR POLLEN EXINE2 (IPE2) encodes a GDSL lipase essential for male fertility in maize Current Position: Ph. D candidate Education: 2014-present, State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Yanqing Huo

Yanqing Huo, co-first author of IRREGULAR POLLEN EXINE2 (IPE2) encodes a GDSL lipase essential for male fertility in maize Current Position: Job-hunting Education: PhD in the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014-2020); M.Sc. in Shandong Agricultural University…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Chenxing Huang

Chenxing Huang, first author of Triple-localized WHIRLY2 influences leaf senescence and silique development via carbon allocation Current Position: Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, College of Life Science, Technician Education: 2013.09-2016.07, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University,…

Functional principal component analysis: a robust method for time-series phenotypic data

Molecular breeding relies on careful assessment of phenotypic traits linked to DNA markers so that causal genes can be identified and desirable crop alleles selected. Over the past decade, DNA markers have become abundant with the rapid advancement of next-generation sequencing technology, including…

Sensing Attack: The Role of Wall-associated Kinases in Plant Pathogen Responses

Sam Amsbury Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield, UK ORCiD: 0000-0002-2767-9768 s.amsbury@sheffield.ac.uk The physical and chemical barrier provided by the cell wall is one of the first lines of defence for plants against pathogen attack. Plant cell walls provide physical protection…