Xylem development:
Organizing locally

  • BaoJun Yang
  • Max Minne
  • Bert De Rybel


  • Tufa column

    Iron sulfur (FeS) clusters catalyse CO2 reduction in the metabolism of extant microorganisms. They are coordinated and utilised for this purpose within complex protein structures. But could simpler versions of these cofactors have performed a similar task at the origin of life?

  • Pesticide spraying

    To promote more sustainable agricultural systems in the European Union (EU), Directive 2009/128/EC established several key principles to reduce pesticide use, fostering the adoption of prevention measures, non-chemical control methods and compounds with lower environmental impacts. But is reducing the use of pesticides by 50%, an achievable goal of the European Green Deal?

  • Maize plants in field

    Ancient DNA studies on Indigenous domesticates like maize increasingly provide new insights into the lives and agricultural practices of the Americas' pioneering farmers, complementing ancient genomics of Indigenous human remains.

  • Mixed seedlings in soil

    The great scientific value of grassland plant diversity experiments such as the Jena Experiment or Cedar Creek is intriguing. Major discoveries about the role of biodiversity in controlling ecosystem functioning and services have been made in these experiments and consensus was made on the positive effect of plant species diversity on primary productivity.

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  • Analyses of plant genomes sequenced in the past 20 years, the species taxonomic distribution and national participation reveal that genome quality has increased but substantial taxonomic gaps exist, and that the field has been dominated by the Global North.

    • Rose A. Marks
    • Scott Hotaling
    • Robert VanBuren
    Article Open Access
  • Peer review has many aspects where bias is inevitable. Acknowledging this is the first step to managing it.

  • Hormone-induced plant regeneration involves acquisition of pluripotency based on auxin–cytokinin crosstalk. A recent study demonstrates the spatial and functional organization of callus cells and the role of pluripotent middle-layer cells in de novo tissue regeneration.

    • Pil Joon Seo
    News & Views
  • The Clp protease (ClpP) in plastids is essential for chloroplast development and plant cell survival. The composition and architecture of the chloroplast ClpP complex in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is now revealed by cryo-electron microscopy.

    • Ning Wang
    • Yifan Wang
    • Cuimin Liu
  • This study reports a donor DNA-free approach for gene knock-up based on CRISPR. It induced designed promoter swap or replacement for target genes by triggering genomic inversion or duplication so as to elevate gene expression and generate new traits.

    • Yu Lu
    • Jiyao Wang
    • Linjian Jiang
  • What is the effect of hormones on cell shape and growth? In this study, morphometric, genetic and computer modelling analyses are combined to show how brassinosteroids control overall root meristem geometry and development.

    • Y. Fridman
    • S. Strauss
    • S. Savaldi-Goldstein
    Article Open Access
Sustainable solutions to end hunger

Sustainable solutions to end hunger

Effective agricultural interventions could aid efforts to find sustainable solutions for ending hunger. In this collection, we present evidence-based recommendations from the Ceres2030 team on where to prioritize spending on interventions to achieve zero hunger by 2030.

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