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    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Plant Biology

    Environmental morphing enables informed dispersal of the dandelion diaspore

    Madeleine Seale, Oleksandr Zhdanov ... Naomi Nakayama
    The dandelion diaspore changes its shape depending on the moisture levels in the air, and this morphing enhances the dispersal potential of the seeds regardless of the weather conditions.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Opposite polarity programs regulate asymmetric subsidiary cell divisions in grasses

    Dan Zhang, Roxane P Spiegelhalder ... Michael T Raissig
    The formation of stomatal 'helper cells' (=subsidiary cells) in grasses requires two opposing polarity domains with diverse roles in establishing division asymmetry.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Plant Biology

    Evolutionary gain and loss of a plant pattern-recognition receptor for HAMP recognition

    Simon Snoeck, Bradley W Abramson ... Adam D Steinbrenner
    A plant immune receptor evolved recognition of caterpillar peptides through key molecular changes.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Plant Biology

    Acetylation of a fungal effector that translocates host PR1 facilitates virulence

    Jingtao Li, Xiaoying Ma ... Wenxing Liang
    Acetylation stabilizes a fungal effector to mis-localize a key defense protein, leading to compromised immunity of host plants.
    1. Plant Biology

    Unbiased proteomic and forward genetic screens reveal that mechanosensitive ion channel MSL10 functions at ER–plasma membrane contact sites in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Jennette M Codjoe, Ryan A Richardson ... Elizabeth S Haswell
    A mechanosensitive ion channel physically and genetically interacts with proteins that function at endoplasmic reticulum–plasma membrane contact sites.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    Rapid transgenerational adaptation in response to intercropping reduces competition

    Laura Stefan, Nadine Engbersen, Christian Schöb
    Annual crop communities are able to adapt towards reduced competition and/or increased facilitation in response to their neighboring diversity after only two generations.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Computational modeling and quantitative physiology reveal central parameters for brassinosteroid-regulated early cell physiological processes linked to elongation growth of the Arabidopsis root

    Ruth Großeholz, Friederike Wanke ... Klaus Harter
    The recurring application of computational modelling combined with wet lab experiments identify and predict central regulatory parameters and factors for early cell physiological reactions linked to differential brassinosteroid-modified elongation growth in the root tip of Arabidopsis thaliana.
    1. Plant Biology

    Uncovering natural variation in root system architecture and growth dynamics using a robotics-assisted phenomics platform

    Therese LaRue, Heike Lindner ... José R Dinneny
    Advances in robotics-assisted plant handling and automated image analysis enables the characterization of root growth dynamics for Arabidopsis accessions at late stages of development and the association of these traits with genetic variation and climatic variables.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    The Arabidopsis SAC9 enzyme is enriched in a cortical population of early endosomes and restricts PI(4,5)P2 at the plasma membrane

    Alexis Lebecq, Mehdi Doumane ... Marie-Cécile Caillaud
    SAC9 prevents the accumulation of PI(4,5)P2 in intracellular compartments, thereby contributing to clathrin-mediated endocytosis at the plasma membrane and regulating the cortical localization of its protein partner SH3P2.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    A dynamic rhizosphere interplay between tree roots and soil bacteria under drought stress

    Yaara Oppenheimer-Shaanan, Gilad Jakoby ... Tamir Klein
    Increased root exudation rate under combined drought and bacterial inoculation and bacterial growth stimulation by specific exudation metabolites support the idea of root recruitment of beneficial bacteria, especially under water stress.