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SlERF.F12 modulates fruit ripening initiation

Deng, Chen and colleagues focus on fruit ripening in tomato and describe the role of the EAR domain-containing Ethylene Response Factor SlERF.F12 in recruiting transcriptional repressors to the promoter regions of their targets By Heng Deng, Yao Chen and Mingchun Liu, Key Laboratory of Bio-Resource…

Ping Wang: The Plant Cell First Author

Ping Wang, first author of “Integrated Omics Reveal Novel Functions and Underlying Mechanisms of FERONIA Receptor Kinase in Arabidopsis thaliana” Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Prof. Yanhai Yin, Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Iowa State University Education:…

Liqun Ma: The Plant Cell First Author

Liqun Ma, first author of "SlRBP1 promotes translational efficiency via SleIF4A2 to maintain chloroplast function in tomato" Current Position: Postdoc, China Agricultural University Education: Ph.D. (2021) from China Agricultural University Non-scientific Interests: Reading, Travelling, I started…

Intracellular neighborhood watch - mitochondria help the endoplasmic reticulum to cope with reductive stress

Fuchs et al. report that reductive stress triggers retrograde signaling to safeguard the endoplasmic reticulum by boosting mitochondrial respiratory capacity. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koac017 By Philippe Fuchs, Markus Schwarzländer Background: A strict division into specialized…

Hannah Elisa Krawczyk: The Plant Cell First Author

Hannah Elisa Krawczyk, first author of "SEED LIPID DROPLET PROTEIN1, SEED LIPID DROPLET PROTEIN2 and LIPID DROPLET PLASMA MEMBRANE ADAPTOR mediate lipid droplet-plasma membrane tethering" Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Human Genetics of the University Medical Center…

A ubiquitinated SNARE protein functions in nutrient stress responses

Hasegawa, Reyes et al. discover a link between the ubiquitination of a key membrane trafficking regulator and carbon/nitrogen nutrient stress.  Background: Ubiquitination is a post-translational modification that functions in numerous cellular processes by serving as a molecular signal, such as protein…

Hormone crosstalk orchestrates root development

Qin et al. identify a mechanism by which ethylene activates gibberellin catabolism to determine primary root growth in rice. Hua Qin and Rongfeng Huang Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Background: The optimization of root architecture is one of the…

Unraveling bHLH transcription factor-mediated maize anther development

Nan, Teng et al. uncover bHLH-regulated genetic networks that sequentially control maize anther development.  By Chong Teng (DDPSC, MO), Guo-Ling Nan (Stanford University, CA), Blake Meyers (DDPSC and University of Missouri–Columbia, MO), and Virginia Walbot (Stanford University, CA)  Background:…

Yang Yang: The Plant Cell First Author

Yang Yang, first author of "A mitochondrial RNA processing protein mediates plant immunity to a broad spectrum of pathogens by modulating the mitochondrial oxidative burst" Current Position: PhD student, College of Agronomy, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China. Supervisor: Prof. Weixing…