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Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Kevin Cope

Kevin Cope, first author of The Ectomycorrhizal Fungus Laccaria bicolor Produces Lipochitooligosaccharides and Uses the Common Symbiosis Pathway to Colonize Populus Roots Current Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate Education: Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology Non-scientific Interests:…

Balancing growth and defense in the shade

Liu et al. examine how plants allocate resources between growth and defense in unfavorable conditions. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00991 By Yang Liua and Haiyang Wangb aBiotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China bSchool…

Small RNAs in the maillot jaune: transcriptional analysis of the plant cell cycle

The cell cycle is a tightly coordinated dance with the ultimate goal of dividing one cell into two. Eukaryotic cells tend to divide in the same general pattern, broadly reduced to four phases; cells increase organelle content in the G1 phase, DNA replication occurs in S phase, cells grow in size and…

SAGL1-CER3 Function in Cuticular Wax Biosynthesis in Response to Humidity

Kim et al. reveal how the SAGL1-CER3 module regulates cuticular wax biosynthesis in response to ambient humidity. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00152 By Hyojin Kim and Mi Chung Suh, Department of Life Science, Sogang University, Republic of Korea Background: The hydrophobic cuticle…

UV-B attracts inflorescence stems

Vanhaelewyn et al. examine phototropism in adult plants. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00929 By Lucas Vanhaelewyn1, András Viczián2, Filip Vandenbussche1 Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University, KL Ledeganckstraat 35,…

An Unexpected Role of a Phosphatase-like Protein in Starch Degradation

Schreier et al. uncover the surprising role played by the glucan phosphatase family member, LIKE SEX4 1, as a protein scaffold on the starch granule surface that binds β-amylases. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00089. By Tina B. Schreier1,2 and Samuel C. Zeeman1 1 Institute of Molecular…

Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Bengjie Li

Bengjie Li, first author of Transcriptional Profiling Reveals a Time-of-day Specific Role of REVEILLE 4/8 in Regulating the First Wave of Heat Shock-induced Gene Expression in Arabidopsis Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Hebei…

PB19 Scavenger hunt!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Plant Cell journal! There are 15 posters with cover images hanging at the convention center. To participate in our scavenger hunt, visit each of the posters. There are two options to complete the scavenger hunt. You may enter both. After you visit each of…

Resistance on Tap: PDR Transporters Direct Antimicrobial Metabolites Towards Invading Pathogens

In Arabidopsis thaliana and related species within the Mustard family (Brassicaceae), the tryptophan (trp)-derived antimicrobial metabolite camalexin (3-thiazol-2-yl-indole) plays a central role in defense against bacterial, fungal, and oomycete pathogens. Upon pathogen attack, cytochrome P450 monooxygenases…