Plant Biology

Plant Biology

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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Environment as a limiting factor of the historical global spread of mungbean

    Pei-Wen Ong, Ya-Ping Lin ... Cheng-Ruei Lee
    1. Plant Biology

    Effector target-guided engineering of an integrated domain expands the disease resistance profile of a rice NLR immune receptor

    Josephine HR Maidment, Motoki Shimizu ... Mark J Banfield
    Effector target-guided engineering has developed plant NLR immune receptors that bind and recognize stealthy pathogen effector proteins, demonstrating new disease resistance profiles in planta, and offering a promising approach to protect crops against plant pathogens.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    The autophagy receptor NBR1 directs the clearance of photodamaged chloroplasts

    Han Nim Lee, Jenu Varghese Chacko ... Marisa S Otegui
    Photodamaged chloroplasts are targeted for vacuolar degradation through microautophagy by the NBR1 autophagy receptor without the participation of the canonical autophagy machinery.
    1. Plant Biology

    Tetraose steroidal glycoalkaloids from potato can provide complete protection against fungi and insects

    Pieter J. Wolters, Doret Wouters ... Vivianne G. A. A. Vleeshouwers
    1. Plant Biology

    Domestication and lowland adaptation of coastal preceramic maize from Paredones, Peru

    Miguel Vallebueno-Estrada, Guillermo G Hernández-Robles ... Rafael Montiel
    Ancient maize (~6700-5000 BP) from Paredones, Peru, originated in Mesoamerica, suffered a rapid domestication process, and fast coastal migration to Peru, involving adaptation to both Mesoamerican and South American lowlands with no relevant introgression from teosinte mexicana.
    1. Plant Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    The photosystem I supercomplex from a primordial green alga Ostreococcus tauri harbors three light-harvesting complex trimers

    Asako Ishii, Jianyu Shan ... Jun Minagawa
    The structure of the photosystem I (PSI) supercomplex in Ostreococcus tauri has revealed a unique hybrid of both plant-type and green algal-type PSI supercomplexes with three Lhcp trimers located at the ‘state 2’ position.
    1. Plant Biology

    Computational modeling of cambium activity provides a regulatory framework for simulating radial plant growth

    Ivan Lebovka, Bruno Hay Mele ... Thomas Greb
    Radial plant growth produces large parts of terrestrial biomass and can be computationally simulated with the help of an instructive framework of intercellular communication loops.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Plant Biology

    Vernalization-triggered expression of the antisense transcript COOLAIR is mediated by CBF genes

    Myeongjune Jeon, Goowon Jeong ... Ilha Lee
    CBFs, the central regulators of low-temperature signaling, have a function to directly activate the expression of COOLAIR, an antisense RNA of FLC, during vernalization process, but COOLAIR is not required for the vernalization response.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Plant Biology

    Flowering: Keeping it cool

    Vy Nguyen, Iain Searle
    A well-established model for how plants start the process of flowering in periods of cold weather may need revisiting.
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    1. Plant Biology

    RPG acts as a central determinant for infectosome formation and cellular polarization during intracellular rhizobial infections

    Beatrice Lace, Chao Su ... Thomas Ott
    Infectosomes enabling polar progression of infection threads in legume roots require the symbioisis-related RPG protein that functions as an organizer of these structures.


    1. Plant Biology

    Hitting pause on the cell cycle

    Thomas Eekhout, Lieven De Veylder

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