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Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Yang-Er Chen

Yang-Er Chen, first author of The Low Molecular Mass Photosystem II Protein PsbTn is Important for Light Acclimation Current Position: Associate Professor, College of Life Science, Sichuan Agricultural University Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and M.Sc. in Ornamental Plants…

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Amanda A. Cardosa

Amanda A. Cardoso, first author of Hydraulics regulates stomatal responses to changes in leaf water status in Athyrium filix-femina Current Position: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA Education: PhD in Plant Physiology, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa,…

100 "First author profiles"!

We recognize the hard work that goes into scientific discovery, and the significant challenges faced by those at the beginning of their research career: low pay, long hours, and job insecurity. And yet, without graduate students and postdocs, science would grind to a virtual halt. As publisher…

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Elisabeth Grund

Elisabeth Grund, first author of Plant NLRs with integrated domains: Unity makes strength Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at the LIPM, INRA Occitanie-Toulouse, France Education: PhD in Phytopathology (specialization: Fungal genetics) from Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France; MSc in…

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Anna Newman-Griffis

Anna Newman-Griffis, first author of Medicago LINC complexes function in nuclear morphology, nuclear movement, and root nodule symbiosis Current Position: Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University Center for Life Sciences Education Education: BA, Biology, Carleton College; PhD, Molecular, Cellular,…

Highlighting the fast signals that establish remote metabolite profiles

By Amna Mhamdi and Scott Hayes They say you can get too much of a good thing, and for plants that is certainly true. Light is essential for growth, but excessive light causes an overloading of the plant’s photosynthetic machinery. This excess energy can spill out and, through formation of reactive…

Spot the Difference: Distinct Cargo-Specific Functionality of Two Closely Related SNAREs

Exocytosis is a form of an active transport in which vesicles fuse with the plasma membrane. This vesicle transport secretes soluble cargo proteins and polysaccharides into the apoplast, but also delivers membrane lipids and transmembrane proteins to the plasma membrane. Vesicle trafficking is initiated…

Alternative Splice Variant Sheds Light on Temperature Acclimation in Algae

Climate change is a potent environmental force that all living organisms must contend with. This is especially true for photosynthetic, microalgae that are forced to acclimate to ever changing water temperatures and coordinate changes in their physiology and growth rates (Singh and Singh, 2015). These…

Discovery of mitochondrial endonucleases

Prokaryotic endosymbiont-derived organelles (i.e. mitochondria and chloroplasts), contain their own genomes and the copy number of organelle genomes per cell is high; indeed, a previous study calculated that in Arabidopsis thaliana, each cell has 1000 to 1700 copies of the chloroplast genome (Zoschke…