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High-throughput CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis streamlines trait gene identification in maize (Plant Cell)

Maize has provided some fascinating mutants and developmental insights, but its genomic complexity has made it more difficult (for example as compared to rice) to identify agronomically important genes. Liu et al. describe a new high-throughput method to integrate forward- and reverse-genetics to identify…

The photosystem factory in chloroplasts

Sun et al. reveal the subcellular organization of photosystem biogenesis in Chlamydomonas. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00263 by Melissa Valente-Paterno, Yi Sun and William Zerges. Department of Biology, Concordia University.  Background: Cells localize intracellular processes to…

Arabidopsis OR Represses the Greening of Cotyledons while It Is in the Nucleus

Sun et al. showed that OR interacts with TCP14 in the nucleus of dark-germinated seedlings and reduces chlorophyll biosynthesis, thylakoid membrane development and expression of EARLY LIGHT-INDUCIBLE PROTEINS, and that subsequent illumination relieves this repression. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.…

HvCMF7 – a Key Switch of Chloroplast Differentiation in Barley

Li et al. identify the gene underlying the long-studied variegated albostrians mutant of barley. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00132 By Mingjiu Li, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany Background: Chloroplasts are the site of photosynthesis, which…