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Regulation of leaflet number in compound leaves

He et al. investigate the molecular mechanisms of compound leaf formation in Medicago truncatula By Liangliang He and Jianghua Chen https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae033 Background: In the plant kingdom, leaves have different shapes, with the most noticeable difference being between simple…

Hot and SUMOylated: Heat-induced SUMOylation controls effectors in plant cells

Li et al. examine heat-induced SUMOylation of bacteria effectors in Arabidopsis. (Plant Cell. 2024) By Wenliang Li and Jianbin Lai (South China Normal University) https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae049 Background: Bacterial pathogens deliver effectors into plant cells to interfere with host…

The Cold Survival Game: RHOMBOID-LIKE PROTEASE11 and Arabidopsis' FATTY ACID EXPORT PROTEIN1

John et al. reveal how degradation of the chloroplast protein FATTY ACID EXPORT PROTEIN1 by RHOMBOID-LIKE PROTEASE11 affects cold tolerance in Arabidopsis. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae011 By Annalisa John (AJ) and Ekkehard Neuhaus (HEN) (RPTU Kaiserslautern, Germany) Background: Plants…

Pan-transcriptomic analysis reveals mechanisms regulating crop cold responses

https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae039 Zhong, Luo, Sun, et al. Yuanyuan Zhong, Guangxi University; Yuhong Luo, Guangxi University; Jinliang Sun, Guangxi University; Xuemei Qin, Guangxi University; Ping Gan, Guangxi University; Zuwen Zhou, Guangxi University; Yongqing Qian, Guangxi University; Rupeng…

Alternative complex III: an ancient counterpart of the bc1/b6f complex

Xin et al. determined the cryo-EM structure of HQNO-bound Alternative Complex III from the anoxygenic phototrophic bacterium Chloroflexus aurantiacus. The Plant Cell (2024) https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae029 By Xiaoling Xu at Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China Background: Photosynthesis…

A new player in carotenoid production

Rao et al. discover a new regulator to control carotenoid synthesis in plants. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae030 By Sombir Rao and Li Li Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, USDA-ARS, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA Plant Breeding and Genetics Section,…

HY5a regulates winter dormancy in poplar

Gao, Chen et al. explore the regulatory mechanisms governing winter dormancy in trees. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae022 Yongfeng Gao, Zihao Chen and Yinan Yao School of Life Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, 621010 Mianyang, China Background:…

Enhancing plants’ capability of P uptake to feed the world

Hu et al. uncover a major regulatory model that can enhance plants’ P uptake from soils. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae041 By Dandan Hua, Hengyou Zhangb and Dan Zhanga a Collaborative Innovation Center of Henan Grain Crops, College of Agronomy, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou,…

A battle in rice flowers

Li et al. investigate the mechanisms of defense and counter-defense in a floral pathosystem. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae027 By Guo-Bang Li, Wen-Ming Wang, and Jing Fan Background: Rice false smut is an emerging fungal disease threatening rice production worldwide. This disease not only…