• Nature Plants | Article

    The frequency of severe droughts is increasing in many regions around the world as a result of climate change. An analysis of tree growth and mortality data from forests worldwide suggests that large trees fare worse under drought than small trees.

    • Amy C. Bennett
    • , Nathan G. McDowell
    • , Craig D. Allen
    •  &  Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira
  • Nature Plants | Brief Communication

    Transient assays and transgenic experiments demonstrate that sgRNA/Cas9 constructs targeting the bean yellow dwarf virus inhibit the accumulation of the virus and confer resistance in transgenic N. benthamiana plants.

    • Nicholas J. Baltes
    • , Aaron W. Hummel
    • , Eva Konecna
    • , Radim Cegan
    • , Aaron N. Bruns
    • , David M. Bisaro
    •  &  Daniel F. Voytas
  • Nature Plants | Article

    The genetic diversity of wild relatives of domesticated crops can be useful for developing more productive, nutritious and resilient crop varieties. A comparison of the modelled diversity of crop wild relatives with their representation in gene banks suggests that a systematic effort is needed to improve their conservation and availability for use in plant breeding.

    • Nora P. Castañeda-Álvarez
    • , Colin K. Khoury
    • , Harold A. Achicanoy
    • , Vivian Bernau
    • , Hannes Dempewolf
    • , Ruth J. Eastwood
    • , Luigi Guarino
    • , Ruth H. Harker
    • , Andy Jarvis
    • , Nigel Maxted
    • , Jonas V. Müller
    • , Julian Ramirez-Villegas
    • , Chrystian C. Sosa
    • , Paul C. Struik
    • , Holly Vincent
    •  &  Jane Toll
  • Nature Plants | Article | open

    A high-quality rubber tree genome reveals insights into the evolution of rubber biosynthesis and ethylene stimulation in rubber production. Together with transcriptome data, this study provides valuable data for the research and breeding of rubber trees.

    • Chaorong Tang
    • , Meng Yang
    • , Yongjun Fang
    • , Yingfeng Luo
    • , Shenghan Gao
    • , Xiaohu Xiao
    • , Zewei An
    • , Binhui Zhou
    • , Bing Zhang
    • , Xinyu Tan
    • , Hoong-Yeet Yeang
    • , Yunxia Qin
    • , Jianghua Yang
    • , Qiang Lin
    • , Hailiang Mei
    • , Pascal Montoro
    • , Xiangyu Long
    • , Jiyan Qi
    • , Yuwei Hua
    • , Zilong He
    • , Min Sun
    • , Wenjie Li
    • , Xia Zeng
    • , Han Cheng
    • , Ying Liu
    • , Jin Yang
    • , Weimin Tian
    • , Nansheng Zhuang
    • , Rizhong Zeng
    • , Dejun Li
    • , Peng He
    • , Zhe Li
    • , Zhi Zou
    • , Shuangli Li
    • , Chenji Li
    • , Jixiang Wang
    • , Dong Wei
    • , Chao-Qiang Lai
    • , Wei Luo
    • , Jun Yu
    • , Songnian Hu
    •  &  Huasun Huang
  • Nature Plants | Brief Communication

    CRISPR–Cpf1 has emerged as an effective genome editing tool in animals. Now, a study shows that this system can edit plant genomes at nearly 100% efficiency at independent sites. Moreover, it can be repurposed for modulating plant transcriptome.

    • Xu Tang
    • , Levi G. Lowder
    • , Tao Zhang
    • , Aimee A. Malzahn
    • , Xuelian Zheng
    • , Daniel F. Voytas
    • , Zhaohui Zhong
    • , Yiyi Chen
    • , Qiurong Ren
    • , Qian Li
    • , Elida R. Kirkland
    • , Yong Zhang
    •  &  Yiping Qi
  • Nature Plants | Article

    Application of pathogen-specific double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) was proposed as an approach against plant viruses. However, the instability of dsRNA hampers its application. Now, a study has used clay nanosheets to deliver dsRNA and obtain sustained protection against viruses.

    • Neena Mitter
    • , Elizabeth A. Worrall
    • , Karl E. Robinson
    • , Peng Li
    • , Ritesh G. Jain
    • , Christelle Taochy
    • , Stephen J. Fletcher
    • , Bernard J. Carroll
    • , G. Q. (Max) Lu
    •  &  Zhi Ping Xu