Genome evolution:
Preserving paralogues

  • Choon-Tak Kwon
  • Lingli Tang
  • Zachary B. Lippman


  • Enduring the heatwave in the shade of trees

    By constructing experimental plant neighborhoods and performing a subsequent microbiome transplant experiment, Meyer et al. (2022) have provided evidence that a plant's neighbors can play a decisive role in the formation of its microbiome.

  • fungi on plates

    Complex microbial consortia inhabit plant roots and influence the health and development of their host. The development of experimental approaches with synthetic microbial communities (SynComs) disentangle the effects and functions of the root microbiota.

  • Texan scrub landscape

    Biodiversity monitoring is vital for understanding the impacts of climate change, human disturbance, and monitoring invasive and endangered species. Airborne environmental DNA (eDNA) can be used to monitor whole plant communities.

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  • Arabidopsis embryonic root development involves the formation of distinct cell types and tissues in a tightly regulated and thereby highly predictable spatio-temporal manner. A crosstalk between maternal and embryonic genes orchestrates division orientation and fate specification to control root development.

    • Jana Wittmer
    • Renze Heidstra
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  • An embryo-maternal communication orchestrates cell division orientation and cell fate specification during embryonic root development. This signalling is mediated by the WIP gene family members expressed embryonically and maternally.

    • Yujuan Du
    • Maria Victoria Gomez Roldan
    • Abdelhafid Bendahmane
  • Methylation is a frequent modification of glycans and polysaccharides. This process relies on the transport of cytosolic S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) into the Golgi lumen. This work identifies Golgi-localized major facilitator superfamily transporter members as putative SAM transporters in plants and reveals their importance for polysaccharide methylation and maintenance of the properties of cell walls.

    Research Briefing

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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