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Predicting adult complex traits from early development transcript data in maize

An enduring goal of biologists is to link variation in the genome to phenotype. The discovery of easily measurable genetic markers in the recent past has led to the identification of variants controlling different traits through linkage analysis. Subsequently, advances in high-throughput sequencing have…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Shauni McGregor

Shauni McGregor, co-first author of A PXY-Mediated Transcriptional Network Integrates Signaling Mechanisms to Control Vascular Development in Arabidopsis Current Position: PhD student and the University of Sheffield Education: BSc in Biological Sciences and MScR in developmental plant genetics from…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Margot Smit

Margot Smit, co-first author of A PXY-Mediated Transcriptional Network Integrates Signaling Mechanisms to Control Vascular Development in Arabidopsis Current Position: HHMI postdoc in the group of Prof. Dr. Dominique Bergmann, Stanford University Department of Biology Education: MSc in Biotechnology…

Lipid Rafts to the Rescue! Plants under Fungal Attack Recruit Phospholipase Dδ

When your fort is under attack during battle, and the wall is breached, you can choose to fight, flee, or forgo. Plants, on the other hand, are left with little choice: they must fight. Winning any battle, though, depends on a multitude of factors, most notably your available arsenal, soldiers, and importantly,…

PIF8: a new player in far-red light signaling

Oh et al. identify a far-red light-specific role for PIF8. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00515 By Jeonghwa Oh, KAIST Background: When plants are in the dark, their stems get longer to search for light. When reaching the light, plant photoreceptors called phytochromes perceive light…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Trevor Nolan

Trevor Nolan, first author of Brassinosteroids: Multi-Dimensional Regulators of Plant Growth, Development, and Stress Responses Current Position: Postdoc in the laboratory of Philip Benfey, Duke University and HHMI Education: Ph.D. in Genetics from Iowa State University Non-scientific Interests:…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Fei Gao

Fei Gao, first author of The transcription factor bHLH121 interacts with bHLH105 (ILR3) and its closest homologues to regulate Fe homeostasis in Arabidopsis Current Position: Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Christian Dubos at BPMP, INRA, CNRS, SupAgro, Univ Montpellier, Montpellier, France Education:…

Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Soledad Traubenik

Soledad Traubenik, first author of Reprogramming of root cells during nitrogen-fixing symbiosis involves dynamic polysome association of coding and non-coding RNAs Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at Dr. María Eugenia Zanetti and Dr. Flavio Blanco’s Root Biology lab, Institute of Biotechnology and…

An Improved Recombineering Toolset for Plants

Brumos and Zhao et al. developed an improved set of genetic tools to make precise sequence modifications in large DNA fragments and used them to tag hundreds of plant genes, including those involved in auxin production. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00431 By Javier Brumos, Anna Stepanova,…