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How a Mangrove tree can help to improve the salt tolerance of Arabidopsis and Rice

Affiliation: University of Melbourne ORCiD: 0000-0001-5092-6168 email: marc.somssich@unimelb.edu.au Mangrove trees live and thrive in intertidal zones, where they are regularly inundated with salt water. To survive such harsh environmental conditions, they have evolved several features to improve…

A Hub of Hubs: The Central Role of ZmABI19 in the Regulatory Network of Maize Grain Filling

Cereal grains accumulate large amounts of proteins and starch and are a major source of dietary calories for humans and animals. In maize (Zea mays), most of the storage compounds are synthesized during the grain-filling period of kernel development. Several key transcription factors (TFs) that regulate…

ConnecTF: A platform to integrate transcription factor-gene interactions and validate regulatory networks (Plant Physiology)

ConnecTF: A platform to integrate transcription factor-gene interactions and validate regulatory networks Gene regulatory networks (GFNs) are complex beasts, integrating multiple components of transcription factors (TFs), regulatory loci, and function -- not to mention the myriad datasets and methodologies…

Ripe for the Picking: Finding the Gene Behind Variation in Strawberry Fruit Color

Sweet ripe strawberries (Fragaria spp.) come in colors ranging from deep burgundy to white and everything in between. Such variation attracts consumers and gardeners alike, making fruit color an important breeding target. Strawberry fruit receptacles vary in color due to different levels of anthocyanins.…

A DNA Methylation Reader with an Affinity for Salt Stress

High levels of soil salinity lead to toxic accumulation of sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl-) ions in plants, which adversely affect plant growth and yield. Plants use several strategies to cope with salt stress. These include removal and compartmentalization of toxic ions, and maintenance of growth and…