Review: Advances in methods for identification and characterization of plant transporter function ($)

Transporters are massively important for the functions of a cell and organism, but also notoriously difficult to study. Larsen et al. review advances in the tools available for transporter research, ranging from expression in Xenopus oocytes to genetic screens using toxic analogues and fluorescent substrates, to in silico approaches. The authors provide examples of how these approaches have contributed insights into the SWEET family of sucrose transporters, as well as nitrate, boron and ABA transporters (and others), and future research directions. J. Exp. Bot. 10.1093/jxb/erx140