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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: Yasser Nehela

Yasser Nehela, first author of Melatonin is involved in citrus response to the pathogen Huanglongbing via modulation of phytohormonal biosynthesis Current Position: Post-doctoral research associate, Citrus Research and Education Center and Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Lake Alfred,…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Sébastien Bélanger

Sébastien Bélanger, first author of Pre-meiotic, 24-nt reproductive phasiRNAs are abundant in anthers of wheat and barley but not rice and maize Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Education: PhD in Plant Sciences at Université Laval (Québec, Canada) Non-scientific…

Terpenes in cannabis: Solving the puzzle of how to predict taste and smell

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 Cannabis sativa (cannabis) is the cornerstone of the multi-billion-dollar legal marijuana industry.…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Kaitong Du

Kaitong Du, first author of Viral Perturbation of Alternative Splicing of a Host Transcript Benefits Infection Current Position: PhD student in the Plant Virology Lab (2018-), Department of Plant Pathology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China Education: B.Sc. in Plant Protection, China…

The photobiology paradox resolved: photoreceptors drive photosynthesis and vice-versa

Charlotte Gommers, Assistant Features Editor charlotte.gommers@wur.nl For a long time, the study of light fueled two independent fields of plant sciences. On the one hand, light energy is absorbed in the chloroplasts, to drive sugar production via photosynthesis. On the other hand, light is an…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: María Flores-Tornero

María Flores-Tornero, first author of Transcriptomic and Proteomic Insights into Amborella trichopoda Male Gametophyte Functions Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher in the Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry Department, University of Regensburg Education: BSc. in Biological Sciences, University…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang, first author of Role of Protein Phosphatase 1 Regulatory Subunit 3 (PP1R3) in Mediating Abscisic Acid Response Current Position: Postdoc, Root Biology Center, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University Education: MOE Key Laboratory of Cell Activities and Stress Adaptations, School of…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Yusuke Kobayashi

Yusuke Kobayashi, first author of Holliday junction resolvase MOC1 maintains plastid and mitochondrial genome integrity in algae and bryophytes Current position: Assistant Professor, College of Science, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ibaraki University Education: Ph.D. in Science. Graduate…

Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Jinghong Zhang

Jinghong Zhang, first author of The PPR-SMR protein ATP4 is required for editing the chloroplast rps8 mRNA in rice and maize Current Position: Ph. D. candidate, National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, China Education: Ph. D. in Huazhong Agricultural…