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  • News and Views |

    Root growth depends on the shoot-to-root transport of assimilates through the phloem, which is connected to the meristems by plasmodesmata pores. A PHLOEM UNLOADING MODULATOR is now identified to regulate plasmodesmata internal organisation, leading to pores that appear tighter but are more efficient for transport.

    • Sam Amsbury
    •  & Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso
    Nature Plants 5, 561-562
  • Editorial |

    Plants are different and amazingly diverse. We should not be embarrassed to study them independently of their many uses.

    Nature Plants 5, 551
  • News and Views |

    Photocatalytic H2 production using semiconductors is a promising approach to store solar energy as a chemical fuel, but the oxidizing power of the excited holes is often wasted. Now, holes are harnessed in a dehydrocoupling strategy that simultaneously produces H2 and diesel fuel precursors from biomass-derived molecules.

    • Guanqun Han
    •  & Yujie Sun
  • News and Views |

    Ion channels and transporters can integrate environmental cues in the cell. In addition to governing calcium homeostasis, a chloroplast envelope-localized calcium channel is now characterized to implicate chloroplast calcium signalling in drought tolerance.

    • Simon Stael
    Nature Plants 5, 559-560