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The Battlefield in the Rice Apoplast

Yang et al. show how rice recognizes a Magnaporthe oryzae chitinase to trigger immune responses to this fungal pathogen. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00382   By Chao Yang and Jun Liu Background:  Plants, like us, have an immune system that protects them from the majority of pathogen…

Seed Shattering in Rice

Jiang et al. identified a genetic factor regulating seed shattering in rice. The Plant Cell (2019). https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00304 By Liyun Jiang and Lubin Tan Background: ‘Seed shatter’ refers to the release of mature seeds from their mother plants, which allows offspring dispersal in…

Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q) Biosynthesis in Plants: Free that Ring

Soubeyrand et al. use genetic and biochemical evidence to show that Arabidopsis and tomato can derive the ubiquinone precursor 4-hydroxybenzoate from the B-ring of kaempferol. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00688.   By Eric Soubeyrand, Timothy S. Johnson, and Scott Latimer, University…

Enzymatic Sweeteners as Tools for Biotech Applications

Louveau et al. investigate plant natural products in the large family of enzymes called arabinosyltransferases https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00641  Background: Plants produce a diverse array of natural products. These compounds have important ecological functions, providing protection against pests,…

Petunia Battlefield in Style: S-RNases vs. SLF proteins

Sun et al. use CRISPR/Cas9 in Petunia to establish the essential role of SLF proteins in self-compatibility and reveal their complex interactions with S-RNases. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00615. By Linhan Sun and Teh-hui Kao, The Pennsylvania State University  Background: Plant…

Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Meng Ye

Meng Ye, first author of Molecular dissection of early defense signaling underlying volatile-mediated defense regulation and herbivore resistance in rice Current Position: Associate Professor in Tea Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Education: PhD in Entomology (2016),…

Tomato Hairs and Metabolites - A Dual Narrative

Xu et al. find that the transcription factor SlMYC1 is involved in trichome formation and regulates mono- and sesquiterpene biosynthesis differentially in leaf and stem trichomes in tomato. By Robert Schuurink, Department of Plant Physiology, University of Amsterdam, NL Background: Many plants…

Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Jacob Corll

Jacob Corll, first author of RNA Binding Motif Protein 48 is required for U12 splicing and maize endosperm differentiation Current Position: OPS Lab Assistant, Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, FL Education: Biology, M.S., Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309 USA; Biology, B.S., Oakland…

Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Jianbo Xie

Jianbo Xie, first author of Evolutionary origins of pseudogenes and their association with regulatory sequences in plants Current Position: Associate professor of College of Biological Sciences and Technology, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China Educations: 2010-2015, Ph. D. College of Biological…