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Critical plant gene takes unexpected detour that could boost biofuel yields

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 15, 2018 - For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function--produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets. But for Wellington Muchero, Meng Xie and their colleagues, this enzyme does more than advertised.…

Alternative Splicing Plays a Major Role in Plant Response to Cold Temperatures

Plants in temperate regions experience near-freezing temperatures that allow them to develop a cold response prior to freezing. This cold acclimation process involves changes to chromatin structure, transcription, RNA processing, translation, post-translational modifications and protein stability. Genome-wide…

Regulatory Divergence in the Stress Response of Tomato

Humans have domesticated crops for thousand of years by artificially selecting plants for numerous traits including morphology, lower toxicity or higher yield. As a result, plant domestication often altered plant fitness and resistance to stress under controlled conditions (Meyer & Purugganan 2013).…

Nitrate Ahoy! Shoot Cytokinin Signals Integrate Growth Responses with Nitrogen Availability

Nutrients are rarely distributed homogenously in soil. Consequently, plants have local and long-distance signaling systems in place to monitor and coordinate both demand and supply of essential macronutrients such as nitrogen (N). The “N-demand” long distance signal emanates from a section of the…

Is Genetic Evolution Predictable?

How often does evolution repeat itself? When the same evolutionary strategy arises multiple times, how often are these strategies built on the same genetic foundations? Addressing this question allows us to understand the relative roles of constraint and contingency in the history of life, but (without…

Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors: Shoji Segami

Shoji Segami, first author of Vacuolar H+-pyrophosphatase and Cytosolic Soluble Pyrophosphatases Cooperatively Regulate Pyrophosphate Levels in Arabidopsis thaliana Current Position: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan Education: PhD, Graduate…

Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors: Kun Wang

Kun Wang, first author of Two Abscisic Acid Responsive Plastid Lipase Genes Involved in Jasmonic Acid Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Education: PhD, Biochemistry and…

Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors: Lian-Huan Wei

Lian-Huan Wei, first author of The m6A Reader ECT2 Controls Trichome Morphology by Affecting mRNA Stability in Arabidopsis Current Position: PhD student in the Department of Chemical Biology, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University. Education: PhD in Chemical Biology at…

Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors: Jérémy Scutenaire

Jérémy Scutenaire, first author of The YTH Domain Protein ECT2 Is an m6A Reader Required for Normal Trichome Branching in Arabidopsis Current Position: Postdoc at the Institute of Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC), Illkirch, France Education: PhD in plant molecular biology at the…