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How drought affects the asynchrony between anthesis and silking

Liu et al. demonstrate how manipulating ZmEXPA4 gene expression in developing maize ears alleviates the prolonged anthesis and silking interval in response to drought. The Plant Cell (2021) https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab083  By Boxin Liu and Feng Qin Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of…

Letter to the Editor: Recommendations for an inclusive undergraduate plant science classroom

This letter by Katelyn Butler, Carina Collins, and Jennifer Robison is the 5th in our series on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM disciplines. Read the editorial call for letters here: Sowing the seeds of equity and diversity in academia and STEM disciplines. Butler K, Collins C, Robison J…

Michal Pyc: The Plant Cell First Author

  Michal Pyc, co-first author of "LDIP Cooperates with SEIPIN and LDAP to Facilitate Lipid Droplet Biogenesis in Arabidopsis" Current Position: Research Scientist at Willow Biosciences (Burnaby, Canada) Education: B.Sc., M.Sc. in Biology at Queen’s University (Canada); Ph.D. in Molecular…

Satinder Gidda: The Plant Cell First Author

Satinder Gidda, co-first author of "LDIP Cooperates with SEIPIN and LDAP to Facilitate Lipid Droplet Biogenesis in Arabidopsis" Education: M.Biotechnology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) (New Delhi, India); Ph.D in Biology at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) Non-scientific…

Guoqiang Huang: The Plant Cell First Author

Guoqiang Huang, first author of "AUXIN RESPONSE FACTOR 6 and 7 control the flag leaf angle in rice by regulating secondary cell wall biosynthesis of lamina joints" Current position: Postdoc at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Education: B.S. in Shandong Agricultural University; Ph.D in Biology, Shanghai…

Dynamic 3D genome architecture during polyploidy and domestication

Wang et al. report how chromatin architecture reorganization shapes transcriptome patterns during polyploidization and domestication of soybean. The Plant Cell (2021). https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab081 By Longfei Wang and Qingxin Song Background: Soybean and common bean are important sources…

Justus Niemeyer: The Plant Cell First Author

Justus Niemeyer, first author of "Real-time Monitoring of Subcellular H2O2 Distribution in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii" Current Position: PhD student in Prof. Michael Schroda’s lab in the Department of Molecular Biotechnology & Systems Biology, TU Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany Education: Bachelor…

José Antonio Pedroza-García: The Plant Cell First Author

José Antonio Pedroza-García first author of "Maize ATR Safeguards Genome Stability During Kernel Development to Prevent Early Endosperm Endocycle Onset and Cell Death" Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Biotechnology Institute (IBT), UNAM, Mexico Education: PhD in Plant Molecular Biology,…

The role of the microtubule-associated protein WDL4 in apical hook opening

Deng and colleagues show how the microtubule-associated protein WDL4 contributes to apical hook opening to protect seedligns from damage by soil particles  By Jia Deng, Xiangfeng Wang, Ziqiang Liu, and Tonglin Mao, China Agricultural University Background: When seedlings emerge through the soil…