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Balancing growth and defense in the shade

Liu et al. examine how plants allocate resources between growth and defense in unfavorable conditions. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00991 By Yang Liua and Haiyang Wangb aBiotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China bSchool…

SAGL1-CER3 Function in Cuticular Wax Biosynthesis in Response to Humidity

Kim et al. reveal how the SAGL1-CER3 module regulates cuticular wax biosynthesis in response to ambient humidity. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00152 By Hyojin Kim and Mi Chung Suh, Department of Life Science, Sogang University, Republic of Korea Background: The hydrophobic cuticle…

UV-B attracts inflorescence stems

Vanhaelewyn et al. examine phototropism in adult plants. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00929 By Lucas Vanhaelewyn1, András Viczián2, Filip Vandenbussche1 Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Ghent University, KL Ledeganckstraat 35,…

An Unexpected Role of a Phosphatase-like Protein in Starch Degradation

Schreier et al. uncover the surprising role played by the glucan phosphatase family member, LIKE SEX4 1, as a protein scaffold on the starch granule surface that binds β-amylases. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00089. By Tina B. Schreier1,2 and Samuel C. Zeeman1 1 Institute of Molecular…

Part of the Stack; How Does a Protein Know its Place?

Parsons et al. successfully separate early to late Golgi cisternae to reveal the sequential localization of resident proteins and the sequence features that guide transmembrane proteins within the Golgi stack. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00081 By Harriet T. Parsons (University of Cambridge)…

Metabolome divergence during maize domestication

Xu et al. identify metabolites targeted by selection during maize domestication. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00111 By Guanghui Xu State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, National Maize Improvement Center, Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of…

RST1 regulates vacuolar trafficking

Zhao et al. identify RESURRECTION 1 as a suppressor of free1 that negatively regulates endomembrane trafficking. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00003 By Qiong Zhao The Chinese University of Hong Kong Background: Plants have an evolutionarily conserved endomembrane system, which…

A Maize Mutant Modifier Links Development and Defense

Anderson et al. identify a second site modifier that rescues a maize developmental mutant and report that it encodes a homolog of Arabidopsis ENHANCED DISEASE RESISTANCE4, providing insight into the integration of developmental control and immune responses. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00840 By…

TRAPP proteins as housekeepers of the plant trans-Golgi network/early endosome

Rosquete et al., identified a TRAPPIII tethering complex in plants and uncovered the role of the AtTRAPPC11 subunit in post Golgi trafficking and stress response. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00110 By Michel R. Rosquete and Georgia Drakakaki Background: Intracellular trafficking is…