Opinion: Plant cytokinesis: Terminology for structures and processes

Cell division in plants is a structurally beautiful process that involves striking and dynamic changes in the cytoskeleton, endomembranes, and nucleus. However, as authors Smertenko et al. observe, “Current plant cytokinesis terminology was developed using data generated by fluorescence microscopy of live or fixed cells, electron microscopy of chemically or cryofixed cells, and genetic strategies,” so some structures and processes have multiple names. In this Opinion article, the authors (a who’s who of plant cell biologists) propose a new, standardized terminology. Furthermore, in introducing this terminology, the article provides a nice overview of the process of cytokinesis in plant cells.  Trends Plant Sci. 10.1016/j.tcb.2017.08.008