Plant Physiology Focus Issue: Fruit Crops

July brings delicious fruit harvests in the Northern Hemisphere, and a very special focus issue of Plant Physiology. I particularly like this issue because of the wide variety of species covered, starting with apple, banana, blueberry, cherry, citrus, and so on. It’s a nice departure from our usual “diet” of wheat, rice, and Arabidopsis. The update and research articles encompass the range of topics that affect fruit production and quality: drought responses, breeding technologies, biotic stresses, ripening/softening, and flavor molecules and phytonutrients. The editors have invited six speakers whose work appears in this focus issue to present their work in a pair of webinars to be held on July 12 ( and July 27. (Summary by Mary Williams @PlantTeaching) Plant Physiology