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    1. Ecology

    Algal-fungal symbiosis leads to photosynthetic mycelium

    Zhi-Yan Du et al.
    The capacity for symbiosis between photosynthetic microalgae and early diverging lineages fungi was demonstrated with microscopy and stable isotope exchange of carbon and nitrogen.
    1. Ecology

    Symbiosis: Algae and fungi move from the past to the future

    Paola Bonfante
    The ability of photosynthetic algae to enter the hyphae of a soil fungus could tell us more about the evolution of these species.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The genomes of polyextremophilic cyanidiales contain 1% horizontally transferred genes with diverse adaptive functions

    Alessandro W Rossoni et al.
    Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) analysis in polyextremophile red algae (Cyanidiales) provides explanations for the nonexistence of cumulative effects and eukaryotic pangenomes, and highlights differences between HGT and native genes.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Gene Transfer: Adapting for life in the extreme

    Carolin M Kobras, Daniel Falush
    Red algae have adapted to extreme environments by acquiring genes from bacteria and archaea.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Heterogeneity in surface sensing suggests a division of labor in Pseudomonas aeruginosa populations

    Catherine R Armbruster et al.
    Subpopulations of polysaccharide producer and surface explorer cells play specialized roles in early Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    The GluTR-binding protein is the heme-binding factor for feedback control of glutamyl-tRNA reductase

    Andreas S Richter et al.
    Heme-dependent feedback inhibition of rate-limiting ALA-synthesis of plant tetrapyrrole biosynthesis depends on binding of heme to glutamyl-tRNA reductase-binding protein.
    1. Plant Biology

    Plant–necrotroph co-transcriptome networks illuminate a metabolic battlefield

    Wei Zhang et al.
    Simultaneously measuring the transcriptomes of both a host plant and fungal pathogen, co-transcriptomics, identified diverse, dynamic and independent communication mechanisms conveying information between the two organisms via discrete gene modules.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Sterol transfer by atypical cholesterol-binding NPC2 proteins in coral-algal symbiosis

    Elizabeth Ann Hambleton et al.
    Diversification of a conserved cholesterol binder drives functional replacement of cholesterol with symbiont-produced sterols in corals living in nutrient-poor environments.
    1. Plant Biology

    Arabidopsis RCD1 coordinates chloroplast and mitochondrial functions through interaction with ANAC transcription factors

    Alexey Shapiguzov et al.
    Signalling and metabolic interactions of the plant energy organelles, chloroplasts and mitochondria, depend on the nuclear regulatory protein RCD1.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Protein gradients on the nucleoid position the carbon-fixing organelles of cyanobacteria

    Joshua S MacCready et al.
    Carboxysomes, the carbon-fixation machinery of cyanobacteria, are equidistantly-positioned by dynamic gradients of the protein McdA on the nucleoid that emerge through interaction with a previously unidentified carboxysome factor, McdB.