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Live and let die: Unexpected BOTRYTIS SENSITIVE1 gene activation by a T-DNA

Using new experimental tools, Cui et al. identified a surprising role for the BOS1 transcription factor in the regulation of programmed cell death. Plant Cell. (2022) https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koac206 Authors: F. Cui, M. Brosché, and K. Overmyer Affiliations: FC- Zhejiang A&F University,…

A tetratricopeptide repeat protein promotes heading in rice

Zhang et al. discover how a tetratricopeptide repeat protein promotes heading by facilitating florigen transport in rice  Background: Hd3a and RFT1 are mobile flowering signals that promote the floral transition in rice and were proposed to function as florigens that play major roles under short-day…

Xiaoguang Chen: The Plant Cell First Author

Xiaoguang Chen, first author of "A plastid nucleoside kinase is involved in inosine salvage and control of purine nucleotide biosynthesis"  Current Position: No at present (position hunting) Education:  Ph.D. at Leibniz Universität Hannover Non-scientific Interests: Sports, Cooking Brief…

To repress or to activate: that is what defines leaf shape

By Hui Wang, College of Grassland Science and Technology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China  Wang and colleagues explore how two WUSCHEL-like transcription factors affect leaf blade outgrowth in Medicago truncatula and Nicotiana sylvestris  Background: Members of the plant-specific…

Identifying thousands of RNA genes in Brassicaceae

Palos et al. identify thousands of new long intergenic noncoding RNAs using public data.  By Kyle Palos and Andrew Nelson  Background: All plants have thousands of genes in their genomes that contribute to plant form and function. While the functional “end-state” of many of these genes are…

Haibo Dai: The Plant Cell First Author

Haibo Dai, first author of “Cucumber STACHYOSE SYNTHASE is regulated by its cis-antisense RNA asCsSTS to balance source-sink carbon partitioning” Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at Yangzhou University, China Education: B.Sc. at Changshu Institute of Technology, China Non-scientific Interests:…

Fungal Proteins for Invading Multiple Plants

Redkar et al. demonstrate that the wilt-inducing fungus Fusarium oxysporum secretes a set of proteins that allow it to colonize the roots of a wide array of plant species. The Plant Cell (2022). By Amey Redkar1 and Antonio Di Pietro2. Illustration by Dr. Lindsay Erndwein 1Department of Botany,…

Sachiko Toma-Fukai: The Plant Cell First Author

Sachiko Toma-Fukai, first author of "Structural insight into the activation of an Arabidopsis organellar C-to-U RNA editing enzyme by active site complementation" Current Position: Associate professor of NARA Institute of Science and Technology, Japan Education: PhD (Science) at Osaka University,…

Knockout of PagDA1 in poplar enhances cambial activity and wood formation

Tang et al. explore the molecular basis of cambium development at the post-transcriptional level in Populus. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koac178 By Xianfeng Tang1, Quanzi Li2, and Gongke Zhou3 1 Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2 State…