Fruit loops:
Unraveling the complex regulation of crop traits

  • Xingang Wang
  • Lyndsey Aguirre
  • Zachary B. Lippman


  • Ecological reconstruction of Pelretes vivificus vesting angiosperm flowers in the Burmese amber forest (~99 Ma). Image credits: Jie Sun.

    In the Cretaceous, angiosperms radiated explosively largely pushing out the previously dominant gymnosperms from most ecosystems. Most angiosperms depend on insect pollination, a mutulism that provides one explanation of their success. Cretaceous amber provides some of the earliest direct evidence of angiosperm pollination, and suggests an origin in the food seeking behaviour of beetles.

  • The tropical forest biome inside Biosphere 2

    How will tropical forests respond to rising temperatures? Tropical trees are adapted to very narrow temperature ranges, which might make them vulnerable to even small amounts of warming. But how can we know for sure? It’s not as easy as just heating up a whole tropical forest and taking a look… Or is it?

  • Loncomelos visianicum (Tomm. ex Vis.) Speta

    An international team of researchers has rehabilitated the status of 17 plant species deemed to be extinct in Europe for many decades through a taxonomic review and a verification of their rediscovery in the wild or the presence of specimens in ex situ collections.

  • The plant microbiome

    Plants host diverse microbial communities that are associated with plant roots, the phyllosphere, rhizosphere and the endosphere, and comprise bacteria, fungi, protists, nematodes and viruses.

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  • Using the preserved remains of a short-winged flower beetle in mid-Cretaceous amber, this Article provides some of earliest clues as to the origins of angiosperm pollination.

    • Erik Tihelka
    • Liqin Li
    • Chenyang Cai
  • Photosystems need auxiliary proteins to assist their assembly. Cryo-electron microscopy of a cyanobacterial photosystem II assembly intermediate at 2.94 Å reveals mechanisms protecting against photodamage during vulnerable stages of biogenesis.

    • Jure Zabret
    • Stefan Bohn
    • Marc M. Nowaczyk
  • This Review summarizes the available and missing reference genomes in the seed-free plant lineages, compares the genomic and epigenomic features between seed-free and seed plants, and highlights the model systems of seed-free plants.

    • Péter Szövényi
    • Andika Gunadi
    • Fay-Wei Li
    Review Article
  • Plant defence is based on a two-tiered immune system comprising pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) and effector-triggered immunity (ETI). Effective defence against host-adapted microbial pathogens relies on mutual potentiation of immunity by both PTI and ETI components.

    • Rory N. Pruitt
    • Andrea A. Gust
    • Thorsten Nürnberger
    News & Views
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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