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Role of chlorophyll degradation during the biosynthesis of tocopherol (vitamin E) and phylloquinone (vitamin K)

Romer et al. study the origin of the lipid side chain phytol in tocopherol and phylloquinone synthesis in Arabidopsis. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad316   By J. Romer, K. Gutbrod and P. Dörmann Background: Isoprenoid lipids in Arabidopsis chloroplasts include chlorophyll, carotenoids,…

A zinc finger protein promotes salt signaling in rice via transphosphorylation

Tian et al. identify the zinc finger protein DHHC09 as a regulator of rice salt tolerance. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae001   By Ye Tian, Xuan-Ming Liu, and Jian-Zhong Lin Background: Soil salinity results in oxidative stress and heavy losses to crop production. S-acylation of proteins…

Domestication and Breeding History of Strawberry

Fan and Whitaker explore the genetic footprint of the breeding history of cultivated strawberry. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad314 Zhen Fan and Vance M. Whitaker Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, FL, 33597,…

A hair-raising story: EXO70 and MLO proteins jointly mediate secretion

Huebbers, Caldarescu, et al. examine how the EXO70 and MLO proteins cooperate in targeted deposition of cell wall components in trichomes. By Jan W. Huebbers1 and George A. Caldarescu2 1 Unit of Plant Molecular Cell Biology, Institute for Biology I, RWTH Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, 52056…

A Timer of Mr. Anther: Haste Makes Waste

Fang, Guo, Wang, et al. explore the molecular mechanism underlying anther dehiscence in rice. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae028 Yuxing Fang, State Key Laboratory of Protein and Plant Gene Research, School of Life Sciences, Peking University. Yi Wang, State Key Laboratory of Protein and…

SMXL proteins repress moss growth through a conserved ancestral signaling pathway

Guillory et al. explore the role of SMXL proteins in Physcomitrium patens growth.  https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae009  By Ambre Guillory, Sandrine Bonhomme and Catherine Rameau Background: In flowering plants, several proteins of the SUPPRESSOR OF MAX2 1-LIKE (SMXL) family influence the…

OsHDA716-OsbZIP46 regulates cold responses

Sun et al. demonstrate that histone deacetylase OsHDA716 represses rice chilling tolerance not only by functioning as an epigenetic regulator but also by deacetylating OsbZIP46 to reduce its transactivation function and protein stability.  https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae010  By Sun Ying and…

Real Smart Canopies: How Do Maize Canopies Respond to Shading?

Zhou et al. explore how maize plants adjust their canopy architectures at high plant densities to tolerate shading from adjacent plants.  https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koae007  Yan Zhou, Iowa State University Background: The dramatically increased yields of commercial maize hybrids are largely…

Rooting in salt: It’s not all about auxin

Yanxia Zhang1,2 1 Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands 2 College of Agriculture, South China Agricultural University, China https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koad317 Background: Soil salinity causes crop yield losses world-wide. Adjusting plant…