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  • Nature Plants | Article

    The desert moss Syntrichia caninervis maximizes water collection in dry environments by collecting water droplets from fog using the tiny hairs on the end of its leaves and passing them down through the plant, rather than taking water up through the roots.

    • Zhao Pan
    • , William G. Pitt
    • , Yuanming Zhang
    • , Nan Wu
    • , Ye Tao
    •  &  Tadd T. Truscott
  • Nature Plants | Article

    Maize originated in southern Mexico from domestication of the wild grass teosinte, and diffused throughout the Americas. Sequenced DNA from archaeological samples spanning 6,000 years, documents the diffusion route and reveals the genes that were specifically selected for climatic and cultural adaptation to the US Southwest.

    • Rute R. da Fonseca
    • , Bruce D. Smith
    • , Nathan Wales
    • , Enrico Cappellini
    • , Pontus Skoglund
    • , Matteo Fumagalli
    • , José Alfredo Samaniego
    • , Christian Carøe
    • , María C. Ávila-Arcos
    • , David E. Hufnagel
    • , Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen
    • , Filipe Garrett Vieira
    • , Mattias Jakobsson
    • , Bernardo Arriaza
    • , Eske Willerslev
    • , Rasmus Nielsen
    • , Matthew B. Hufford
    • , Anders Albrechtsen
    • , Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra
    •  &  M. Thomas P. Gilbert
  • Nature Plants | Article | open

    Two high-quality genomes of petunia wild parents reveal two rounds of hexaploidization in the evolution of Petunia lineage and provide insights into the diversity of floral patterns and pollination systems — enhancing the model value of this genus.

    • Aureliano Bombarely
    • , Michel Moser
    • , Avichai Amrad
    • , Manzhu Bao
    • , Laure Bapaume
    • , Cornelius S. Barry
    • , Mattijs Bliek
    • , Maaike R. Boersma
    • , Lorenzo Borghi
    • , Rémy Bruggmann
    • , Marcel Bucher
    • , Nunzio D'Agostino
    • , Kevin Davies
    • , Uwe Druege
    • , Natalia Dudareva
    • , Marcos Egea-Cortines
    • , Massimo Delledonne
    • , Noe Fernandez-Pozo
    • , Philipp Franken
    • , Laurie Grandont
    • , J. S. Heslop-Harrison
    • , Jennifer Hintzsche
    • , Mitrick Johns
    • , Ronald Koes
    • , Xiaodan Lv
    • , Eric Lyons
    • , Diwa Malla
    • , Enrico Martinoia
    • , Neil S. Mattson
    • , Patrice Morel
    • , Lukas A. Mueller
    • , Joëlle Muhlemann
    • , Eva Nouri
    • , Valentina Passeri
    • , Mario Pezzotti
    • , Qinzhou Qi
    • , Didier Reinhardt
    • , Melanie Rich
    • , Katja R. Richert-Pöggeler
    • , Tim P. Robbins
    • , Michael C. Schatz
    • , M. Eric Schranz
    • , Robert C. Schuurink
    • , Trude Schwarzacher
    • , Kees Spelt
    • , Haibao Tang
    • , Susan L. Urbanus
    • , Michiel Vandenbussche
    • , Kitty Vijverberg
    • , Gonzalo H. Villarino
    • , Ryan M. Warner
    • , Julia Weiss
    • , Zhen Yue
    • , Jan Zethof
    • , Francesca Quattrocchio
    • , Thomas L. Sims
    •  &  Cris Kuhlemeier
  • Nature Plants | Letter

    Many plants exhibit iridescence but no link has been demonstrated between this phenomenon and photosynthesis. This study shows the epidermal chloroplasts of Begonia to have photonic properties that increase both light capture and quantum yield.

    • Matthew Jacobs
    • , Martin Lopez-Garcia
    • , O.-Phart Phrathep
    • , Tracy Lawson
    • , Ruth Oulton
    •  &  Heather M. Whitney
  • Nature Plants | Letter

    Fully enclosed, controlled-environment growth chambers can accelerate plant development. Such ‘speed breeding’ reduces generation times to accelerate crop breeding and research programmes, and can integrate with other modern crop breeding technologies.

    • Amy Watson
    • , Sreya Ghosh
    • , Matthew J. Williams
    • , William S. Cuddy
    • , James Simmonds
    • , María-Dolores Rey
    • , M. Asyraf Md Hatta
    • , Alison Hinchliffe
    • , Andrew Steed
    • , Daniel Reynolds
    • , Nikolai M. Adamski
    • , Andy Breakspear
    • , Andrey Korolev
    • , Tracey Rayner
    • , Laura E. Dixon
    • , Adnan Riaz
    • , William Martin
    • , Merrill Ryan
    • , David Edwards
    • , Jacqueline Batley
    • , Harsh Raman
    • , Jeremy Carter
    • , Christian Rogers
    • , Claire Domoney
    • , Graham Moore
    • , Wendy Harwood
    • , Paul Nicholson
    • , Mark J. Dieters
    • , Ian H. DeLacy
    • , Ji Zhou
    • , Cristobal Uauy
    • , Scott A. Boden
    • , Robert F. Park
    • , Brande B. H. Wulff
    •  &  Lee T. Hickey
  • Nature Plants | Article

    There's a lack of knowledge on the extent to which mRNAs are transported across tissues in plants. Now a study combining RNA-seq with grafting experiments identifies 2,006 genes in Arabidopsis thaliana that generate mobile mRNAs.

    • Christoph J. Thieme
    • , Monica Rojas-Triana
    • , Ewelina Stecyk
    • , Christian Schudoma
    • , Wenna Zhang
    • , Lei Yang
    • , Miguel Miñambres
    • , Dirk Walther
    • , Waltraud X. Schulze
    • , Javier Paz-Ares
    • , Wolf-Rüdiger Scheible
    •  &  Friedrich Kragler