Focus Issue on Architecture and Plasticity (Plant Physiol)

The November issue of Plant Physiology is a Focus Issue on Architecture and Plasticity. One of the most intriguing aspects of plant growth and development is the environmental responsiveness (also known as “plasticity”) of plant architecture (growth form). Depending on environmental conditions, roots can grow deeper, branch more, or be hairier; leaves can be thicker or thinner, and point sideways, downwards, or upwards; shoots may or may not elongate and form branches. Understanding these outcomes requires knowledge of how conditions are perceived, transduced, and how cells and tissues respond to this information. Not only are they inherently interesting, but these insights are crucial to engineer crops of the future, that can withstand climate instability, and grow “greener” with less need for environmentally costly supplements. Check out the editorial overview 10.1093/plphys/kiab402 and full issue. Please also join us for a webinar November 18 featuring three authors whose work is included in this issue.  (Summary by Mary Williams @PlantTeaching)