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Strategy-I plants exploit the distinct chemical activities of coumarins to maximize Fe acquisition

Paffrath et al. explore the main physiological roles of coumarins released in response to iron deficiency under different environmental pHs.   https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad279 By Ricardo F. H. Giehl, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics & Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany.  Background:…

One gene for taller, stiffer and high-yield rice

Wang et al. reveal that MYB110 serves as a phosphate-dependent negative regulator of plant height that could be manipulated to boost lodging resistance and yield. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad268 Tingting Wang,1 Ming Yan,2 Mian Gu,1 Guohua Xu1 1 National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics…

The Plant Cell Features December First Authors

Behind the manuscripts are researchers, professors, professionals and students dedicated to advancing the field of plant science. You’ve seen our First Authors on Twitter and Facebook— now, read more about why they chose to pursue plant sciences and click on the links to read their articles.   Kaiwei…

The Membrane-bound Transcription Factor GmNTL1 Promotes Salt Tolerance in Soybean

Zhang et al. identified a membrane-bound NAC transcription factor GmNTL that can be oxidized and released from the endoplasmic reticulum to the nucleus, thereby regulating downstream target genes to promote salt tolerance in soybean. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad250 Wenxiao Zhang,…

It takes a complex to degrade starch

Jian Liu, Xuecui Wang, Zeyuan Guan, Junjie Yan and colleagues reveal how the glucan phosphatase LSF1 acts as a scaffold to bring together the necessary enzymes for starch degradation. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad259 Background: Starch is a glucan-polymer that accumulates in chloroplasts…

Conserved function of MADS8 in pistil regulation at high temperatures

Shen et al. explore how female reproductive development is maintained in at high ambient temperatures in barley and rice, and whether members of the SEPALLATA subfamily of floral organ regulators contribute. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad246 Chaoqun Shena,b and Matthew R. Tuckerb a Joint…

Imaging of Ca2+-decoding in planta

Liese et al. reveal a genetically encoded fluorescent biosensor for CDPK conformational activation. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad196 By Anja Liese1,2 and Tina Romeis1,2 1 Department for Biochemistry of Plant Interactions, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, D-06120 Halle (Saale),…

Pros and cons of various popular RNA sequencing methods

Liu and Zhu et al. systematically compare various methods for investigating transcription. The Plant Cell: https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad237 By M. Liu and Z. Dong Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Plant Adaptation and Molecular Design, Guangzhou Key Laboratory of Crop Gene Editing,…

Nuclear pore and nucleoskeleton continuum

Mermet et al. identify a protein that provides a continuum between the nucleoskeleton and the nuclear pore complex basket via short peptide motifs.  https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad236  Christophe Tatout and Aline Probst iGReD, Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS, INSERM, 63001 Clermont-Ferrand,…