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Unraveling bHLH transcription factor-mediated maize anther development

Nan, Teng et al. uncover bHLH-regulated genetic networks that sequentially control maize anther development.  By Chong Teng (DDPSC, MO), Guo-Ling Nan (Stanford University, CA), Blake Meyers (DDPSC and University of Missouri–Columbia, MO), and Virginia Walbot (Stanford University, CA)  Background:…

Accuracy matters: What happens when phenotyping errors are non-random?

Zhou, Kusmec, Mirnezami et al. reveal how genetically determined measurement bias affects the accuracy of high-throughput phenotyping and genetic analysis. The Plant Cell (2021) https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab134 By Yan Zhou Iowa State University Background: The accuracy of trait measurement…

How drought affects the asynchrony between anthesis and silking

Liu et al. demonstrate how manipulating ZmEXPA4 gene expression in developing maize ears alleviates the prolonged anthesis and silking interval in response to drought. The Plant Cell (2021) https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab083  By Boxin Liu and Feng Qin Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of…