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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 Cell authors: Cristina Castillejo Mangado

Cristina Castillejo Mangado, first author of Allelic Variation of MYB10 is the Major Force Controlling Natural Variation of Skin and Flesh Color in Strawberry (Fragaria spp.) fruit Current Position: Research Associate at Instituto de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera de Andalucía (IFAPA) Education:…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Feng Xiong

Feng Xiong, first author of Transcriptional regulation of PLETHORA1 in root meristem through an importin and its two antagonistic cargos Current Position: Research assistant in State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, College of Life Sciences, Shandong Agricultural University, China Education: obtained…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Derui Liu

Derui Liu, first author of Endocytosis of BRASSINOSTEROID INSENSITIVE1 is partly driven by a canonical tyrosine-based motif Current Position: Postdoc in the Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University Education: PhD at CAS Center…

Sugars Inform the Circadian Clock How to Shape Rice Shoots via the Strigolactone Pathway

Circadian clocks act as universal timekeepers to harmonize internal processes with external day-night rhythms. Genetic feedback loops gear these inner clocks by approximating time in response to dawn-dusk cycles. In plants, development, growth, hormone action, metabolism and other downstream events are…

A Tip-Localized Phospholipid Is Key for Polar Growth of Pollen Tubes

Zhou et al. demonstrate that phosphatidylserine regulates Rab GTPase-mediated vesicle trafficking and polar growth of pollen tubes. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00844 Background: Pollen tube growth is an indispensable event during double fertilization in flowering plants. This peculiar…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Sami Kazaz

Sami Kazaz, first author of Differential Activation of Partially Redundant Δ9 Stearoyl-ACP Desaturase Genes is Critical for Omega-9 Monounsaturated Fatty Acid Biosynthesis During Seed Development in Arabidopsis Current position: PhD student, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRAE, Versailles, France Education:…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Sara Izquierdo Zandalinas

Sara Izquierdo Zandalinas, first author of Vascular bundles mediate systemic reactive oxygen signaling during light stress in Arabidopsis Current Position: Senior Research Assistant at the Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, USA Education: PhD in Sciences at the University Jaume I…

A Toolkit for Proximity-Dependent Biotinylation in Plants

In a systematic multi-lab study, Arora et al. apply a variety of proximity-dependent biotin labelling approaches using several different plant systems and bait proteins, to demonstrate its wide applicability for the plant community. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00235. Background: Protein-protein…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Nan Nan

Nan Nan, co-first author of A DNA Methylation Reader-Chaperone Regulator-Transcription Factor Complex Activates OsHKT1;5 Expression during Salinity Stress Current position: Work in College of Plant Protection, Jilin Agriculture University Education: PhD at Key Laboratory of Molecular Epigenetics…