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Sorbitol Modulates Apple Resistance to Alternaria

Meng et al. show that sorbitol acts as a signal regulating resistance to the fungal pathogen Alternaria alternata in apple.Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00231 By Dong Meng, B. Gillian Turgeon and Lailiang Cheng Background: Sugars produced by photosynthesis fuel plant growth and development,…

Kinase STRK1 Phosphorylates Catalase to Enhance Rice Salt Tolerance

Zhou et al. demonstrate that a kinase STRK1 can phosphorylate CatC to enhance rice salt toterance. The Plant Cell (2018). https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.01000 By Yan-Biao Zhou, Cong Liu, Jian-Zhong Lin and Xuan-Ming Liu Background: Salt stress can significantly affect plant growth and agricultural…

Rice Panicle Morphogenesis: Intercommunication Between Grain Number and Size

Guo et al. investigate the trade-off between seed number and seed size of rice. Plant Cell (2018) https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00959. By Tao Guo, Ke Chen, Nai-Qian Dong, Chuan-Lin Shi, Wang-Wei Ye, Ji-Ping Gao, Jun-Xiang Shan, Hong-Xuan Lin Background: Rice is one of the main staple cereal crops…

Gender Identity in Kiwifruit

Akagi et al. identify a gender determining gene in kiwifruit. The Plant Cell (2018). https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00787 By T. Akagi, I. M. Henry, H. Ohtani, T. Morimoto, K. Beppu, I. Kataoka, and R. Tao Background: In flowering plants, hermaphroditism, or the presence of both male and female…

A Malate Transporter in Rice Panicles

Heng et al. demonstrate a role of OsALMT7-mediated malate transport in panicle development and grain production of rice. The Plant Cell (2018). https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00998 By Yueqin Heng, Chuanyin Wu and Jianmin Wan Background: Rice is a staple food for more than half of the world’s…

Advances in the analysis of the molecular mechanism of rice tiller angle regulation in genetic development

Source: Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology Date: 2018-06-22 【 Title : Xiaozhong University 】(Translated from the original Chinese by Google) The angle of tillering is the angle between the tiller and the main stem of the grass family and is closely related to the crop population.…

Review: The rice genome revolution: from an ancient grain to Green Super Rice ($) (Nat. Rev. Genetics)

Rice is one of the major staple crops in the world as it is an essential component of diets and livelihoods. Populations in poor regions that are highly dependent on rice (Africa and South Asia) will increase dramatically by 2050, revealing the urgent need to find tools to prevent a future humanitarian…

Developing High-Yield Early-Maturation Crops by Manipulating Nitrogen Utilization

Wang et al. investigate the function of OsNRT1.1A in rice. Plant Cell (2018). https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.17.00809. By Wei Wang, Bin Hu and Chengcai Chu Background: To cope with an increasing global population and decreasing availability of arable land, improving crop yield is a major agricultural…

Mutations in a subfamily of ABA receptor genes promote rice growth and productivity ($)

Like all plant hormones, ABA controls diverse processes, including stomatal aperture and seed dormancy, and growth rate. Miao et al. have used CRISPR/Cas9 technology in rice to selectively mutant subsets of the 13-member PYL family of ABA receptors.  They found notable differences when mutating group…