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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…

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,…

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…

Phosphorylation of OsTGA5 by CKII switches rice defenses on against blast fungus

Yuqing Niu and Mo Wang Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Genetics, Breeding and Multiple Utilization of Crops, Fujian University Key Laboratory for Plant-Microbe Interaction, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, 350002, China Niu and colleagues elucidate how phosphorylation…

Xanthomonas inhibits host innate immunity by disrupting exocyst-dependent exocytosis

Michalopoulou et al. identified a core Xanthomonas effector that targets the host exocyst complex and disrupts host immunity. Plant Cell. (2022) https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koac162 By Vasiliki Michalopoulou1,2 and Panagiotis Sarris1,2,3 1 Department of Biology, University of Crete, 70013 Heraklion,…

ANAC017 balances mitochondrial stress signaling and plant growth

He et al. discover how the transcription factor ANAC017 integrates primary stress responses to mitochondrial dysfunction with whole plant growth.  By Cunman He and Oliver Berkowitz Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3086, Australia ARC Centre…

Alternative splicing orchestrates phosphate signaling and plant growth

Guo et al. demonstrate that alternative splicing of REGULATOR OF LEAF INCLINATION 1 modulates phosphate signaling and plant growth in the face of phosphate deficiency.  By Meina Guo, Wenyuan Ruan, and Keke Yi  Background: Phosphate (Pi) limitation represents a primary constraint on crop production.…

Orf2971: a link between chloroplast import and quality control in Chlamydomonas

Xing et al. investigate the link between chloroplast import and quality control in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koac180 By Jiale Xing, Junting Pan and Wenqiang Yang Background: The chloroplast is an important bioreactor as well as a photosynthetic site. Approximately…

MAPKs target a viral nucleoprotein for defense

Ding et al. explore how MAP kinases affect virus propagation in plants and animal hosts.  Zhi-Hang Ding, Xian-Bing Wang, State Key Laboratory of Agro-Biotechnology, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China Background: Mitogen-activated protein kinase…