Plant Biology

Plant Biology

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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Photosynthetic sea slugs induce protective changes to the light reactions of the chloroplasts they steal from algae

    Vesa Havurinne, Esa Tyystjärvi
    Slug chloroplasts avoid damage to photosynthesis by maintaining an oxidized electron transfer chain with the help of oxygen-sensitive electron acceptors.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Photosynthesis: On the art of stealing chloroplasts

    Paulo Cartaxana, Sónia Cruz
    Sea slugs increase the longevity of the chloroplasts they steal from algae by limiting the harmful side-effects of photosynthesis.
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    1. Plant Biology

    The genetic architecture of host response reveals the importance of arbuscular mycorrhizae to maize cultivation

    M Rosario Ramírez-Flores et al.
    Heritable variation in the benefit maize plants receive from arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi supports the feasibility of breeding crops to optimize use of this ancient symbiosis.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Plant Biology

    A new role for histone demethylases in the maintenance of plant genome integrity

    Javier Antunez-Sanchez et al.
    Plants reset chromatin marks during sexual reproduction to safeguard the stability of the genome.
    1. Plant Biology

    Photosynthesis without β-carotene

    Pengqi Xu et al.
    Tobacco plants containing xanthophyll astaxanthin show that both photosystems are fully functional in the absence of carotenes, and these pigments are not essential for photosynthesis.
    1. Plant Biology

    Photosystems: Performing photosynthesis without β-carotene

    Alison Telfer
    Research on mutant tobacco plants shows that a pigment called β-carotene is not necessary for photosynthesis.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Parallel global profiling of plant TOR dynamics reveals a conserved role for LARP1 in translation

    M Regina Scarpin et al.
    Plants and humans use a shared mechanism, the eukaryotic metabolic sensor TARGET OF RAPAMYCIN protein kinase and its substrate, an RNA-binding protein called LARP1, to coordinate post-transcriptional gene expression.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Plant Biology

    A virus-encoded protein suppresses methylation of the viral genome through its interaction with AGO4 in the Cajal body

    Liping Wang et al.
    The Cajal body is essential for plants to deploy antiviral DNA methylation.
    1. Plant Biology

    Phosphatidylcholines from Pieris brassicae eggs activate an immune response in Arabidopsis

    Elia Stahl et al.
    Plants detect the presence of phospholipids in eggs from a herbivorous insect and trigger innate immunity.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Plant Biology

    Natural variation in autumn expression is the major adaptive determinant distinguishing Arabidopsis FLC haplotypes

    Jo Hepworth et al.
    Variation in autumnal expression from starting expression levels and initial cold-down-regulation, rather than epigenetic silencing, is the major field variable conferred by worldwide haplotypes of the floral repressor gene, FLC.

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    1. Plant Biology

    Hitting pause on the cell cycle

    Thomas Eekhout, Lieven De Veylder

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