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A new mechanism for plant immune pathways discovered by genetics

Source: Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology Published: 2018-07-05 http://www.cas.cn/syky/201807/t20180704_4657121.shtml (Translation by Google Translate) Plants sense the presence of pathogens through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs ) located on the surface of the cell membrane to…

Summer fun: how plants beat the heat

By Adam Phillips. Reprinted from It Ain't Magic, The RIKEN Global Communications Team https://itaintmagic.riken.jp/hot-off-the-press/plants-beat-heat It seems like I’ve been writing a lot about plants recently. The truth is that I hardly have enough time to write about all the cool plant…

Chen Mingsheng's research team found an evolutionary trend of genes fleeing the centromere region

Article source: http://theworldseeds.cn/index.php?p=152804 (Translated by Google Translate) The centromere and its surroundings are the fastest-evolving and most complex areas of the plant genome. The centromere and near centromere regions not only undergo rapid sequence changes and structural remodeling,…

Advances in the analysis of the molecular mechanism of rice tiller angle regulation in genetic development

Source: Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology Date: 2018-06-22 【 Title : Xiaozhong University 】(Translated from the original Chinese by Google) The angle of tillering is the angle between the tiller and the main stem of the grass family and is closely related to the crop population.…

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.…

Plant scientists use big data to map stress responses in corn

Iowa State University AMES, Iowa – Plant scientists at Iowa State University have completed a new study that describes the genetic pathways at work when corn plants respond to stress brought on by heat, a step that could lead to crops better capable of withstanding stress. The findings, published…

Press Release: Could eating moss be good for your gut?

New work published in The Plant Cell is featured in this press release from the University of Adelaide. An international team of scientists including the University of Adelaide has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses. The scientists,…

From The Scientist: Image of the day, Pseudomonas autophagy

An image from a paper published in Plant Cell is featured as The Scientists "Image of the Day" Image of the Day: Pseudomonas Autophagy Researchers identify antibacterial functions of cell death in Arabidopsis when the plant is infected with Pseudomonas. By The Scientist Staff | March 30, 2018 A…

Gene boosts rice growth and yield in salty soil

In a new study published in The Plant Cell, a team of researchers identified a gene that limits yield losses in rice plants exposed to salt stress and deciphered the underlying mechanism. Soil salinity poses a major threat to food security, greatly reducing the yield of agricultural crops. Rising…