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Uncovering new start sites for plant viral protein synthesis

Chiu et al. characterize hidden viral genes in tomato yellow leaf curl Thailand virus. Background: When viruses such as begomoviruses infect plants, they hijack the host translation machinery to drive the expression of their proteins. This process causes viral disease, leading to great yield losses…

Meina Guo: The Plant Cell First Author

Meina Guo, first author of "Alternative splicing of REGULATOR OF LEAF INCLINATION 1 modulates phosphate starvation signaling and plant growth" Current Position: Postdoctoral/associate researcher in the lab of Prof. Keke Yi, Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy…

Xinhang Zheng: The Plant Cell First Author

Xinhang Zheng, first author of "Ustilaginoidea virens secretes a family of phosphatases that stabilize the negative immune regulator OsMPK6 and suppress plant immunity" Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at China Agricultural University Education: Bachelor’s degree in China Agricultural University Non-scientific…

Vasiliki Michalopoulou: The Plant Cell First Author

Vasiliki Michalopoulou, first author of "The host exocyst complex is targeted by a conserved bacterial type-III effector that promotes virulence" Current position: Post-doc, IMBB-FORTH Education: PhD in Microbiology Plant Biotechnology at University of Crete, MSc in Molecular Biology and Plant…

Broad spectrum resistance to fungal pathogens in sorghum is conferred by an immune receptor gene

Lee, Fu et al. discover an unusual immune receptor locus that confers broad-spectrum, strong resistance to fungal pathogens in sorghum. Background: Sorghum, the fifth most widely grown cereal crop globally, provides food security for millions of people. The fungal disease sorghum anthracnose is the…

Naresh Loudya: The Plant Cell First Author

Naresh Loudya, first author of "Mutations in the chloroplast inner envelope protein TIC100 impair and repair chloroplast protein import and impact retrograde signalling" Current Position:  Post-doctoral Research Associate, Royal Holloway University of London. I am fortunate to be about to join as…

Nonessential genes are nevertheless good for something: Cold acclimation and photosynthesis

By Yang Gao and Reimo Zoschke, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany Gao and colleagues dissect how transcription and translation of tobacco chloroplast genes respond to cold exposure and reveal a critical role for the nonessential gene petL. Background: Plants…

Yu Chen: The Plant Cell First Author

Yu Chen, co-first author of “MOR1/MAP215 acts synergistically with katanin to control cell division and anisotropic cell elongation in Arabidopsis” Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, College of Life Sciences, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China Education: Bachelor Degree from Hainan…

Xiayan Liu: The Plant Cell First Author

Xiayan Liu, co-first author of “MOR1/MAP215 acts synergistically with katanin to control cell division and anisotropic cell elongation in Arabidopsis” Current Position: Professor, College of Life Sciences, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China Education: B.S. from Fudan University in…