Plant Biology

Plant Biology

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Latest articles

    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Evolution of a plant gene cluster in Solanaceae and emergence of metabolic diversity

    Pengxiang Fan et al.
    A nightshade family gene cluster creates phenotypic novelty in trichome defensive metabolites via evolution of lipid metabolic enzymes.
    1. Plant Biology

    Lack of evidence for associative learning in pea plants

    Kasey Markel
    A fully blinded replication of the most convincing report of associative learning in plants failed to reproduce the phenomenon.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Plant Biology

    Oomycete small RNAs bind to the plant RNA-induced silencing complex for virulence

    Florian Dunker et al.
    Small RNAs of distantly related plant pathogens, such as fungi and oomycetes, hijack the plant RNA-induced silencing complex to favor host infection.
    1. Plant Biology

    FRET kinase sensor development reveals SnRK2/OST1 activation by ABA but not by MeJA and high CO2 during stomatal closure

    Li Zhang et al.
    Development of a real-time SnRK2 kinase FRET reporter reveals rapid SnRK2 activation by ABA, but not by Methyl-Jasmonate or elevated CO2, while directly demonstrating basal SnRK2 activity in guard cells.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Temporal integration of auxin information for the regulation of patterning

    Carlos S Galvan-Ampudia et al.
    Rhythmic centrifugal waves of auxin traveling through the tissue provides high definition positional information to cells that is not only spatial but also temporal.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Independent evolution of ancestral and novel defenses in a genus of toxic plants (Erysimum, Brassicaceae)

    Tobias Züst et al.
    A gain-of-function in a new chemical defense resulted in no trade-offs and and independent evolution between novel and ancestral defenses, suggesting low redundancy among different defensive chemicals.
    1. Plant Biology

    Building customizable auto-luminescent luciferase-based reporters in plants

    Arjun Khakhar et al.
    A fungal bioluminescence pathway can be reconstituted in planta to create luminescence in many plant species without external substrate addition, and be used to design customizable reporters of gene-expression.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Direct ETTIN-auxin interaction controls chromatin states in gynoecium development

    André Kuhn et al.
    Auxin binding to the ETTIN transcription factor disrupts the interaction between ETT and a TPL/TPR co-repressor and subsequently affects chromatin dynamics to ensure proper gynoecium development.

Highlights

    1. Plant Biology

    Hitting pause on the cell cycle

    Thomas Eekhout, Lieven De Veylder

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    University of Lausanne, Switzerland
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    University of Zurich, Switzerland
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    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
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