Browse Articles

  • Letter |

    Plant cell wall consists of multiple components and complex structure. Here, ssNMR was used to investigate the physical interactions between two principle cell wall components, cellulose and xylan, and demonstrate the mechanism for their interactions

    • Nicholas J. Grantham
    • , Joel Wurman-Rodrich
    • , Oliver M. Terrett
    • , Jan J. Lyczakowski
    • , Katherine Stott
    • , Dinu Iuga
    • , Thomas J. Simmons
    • , Mylene Durand-Tardif
    • , Steven. P. Brown
    • , Ray Dupree
    • , Marta Busse-Wicher
    •  & Paul Dupree
  • Editorial |

    Cities need green spaces to maintain the well-being of their citizens. But is the realization of their value making them more private luxury than public commons?

  • Comment |

    The European infrastructures EMPHASIS and AnaEE aim to collaborate in bringing innovative solutions for a sustainable intensification of agriculture. By integrating the study of plant phenomics and agricultural ecology they hope to foster the development of novel scientific concepts, sensors and integrated models.

    • Jacques Roy
    • , François Tardieu
    • , Michèle Tixier-Boichard
    •  & Ulrich Schurr
  • News and Views |

    Gibberellins (GAs) control key growth and developmental processes in plants. Real-time monitoring of GA concentrations in living tissues is critical for understanding the actions of this hormone class. A first-generation optogenetic GA-nano-indicator now illuminates the effects of GA levels on cell length and light signalling.

    • Tamar Azoulay-Shemer
    • , Po-Kai Hsu
    •  & Julian I. Schroeder
  • News and Views |

    A global analysis of translation efficiency and RNA accumulation revealed that microRNAs in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas regulate target gene expression via RNA destabilization and translational repression like land plants and metazoans, yet in a different way.

    • Hiro-oki Iwakawa
    •  & Yukihide Tomari
  • News and Views |

    Plastids are integrated into the cellular metabolism by several metabolite and ion transporters. The first crystal structure of one of these transporters, a member of the plastid phosphate transporter family, unravels a rocker-switch transport mode and serves as lead structure for other plastidial and endomembrane system transporters.

    • Karsten Fischer
    •  & Andreas P. M. Weber
  • Article |

    Gibberellin (GA) is a plant hormone that plays an irreplaceable role in regulating growth and development. Now, the first fluorescent GA biosensor has been developed to visualize GA distributions at cellular resolution in Arabidopsis.

    • Annalisa Rizza
    • , Ankit Walia
    • , Viviane Lanquar
    • , Wolf B. Frommer
    •  & Alexander M. Jones
  • News and Views |

    Temperature increases are associated with decreases in rainfall and ensuing crop yields. A recent study estimates that such warming over the last 30 years is responsible for 59,300 extra suicides in India, and proposes a new perspective to contextualize the linked effects of global warming in affected agricultural communities.

    • Steven Stack
  • News and Views |

    A mechanism by which plants detect and respond to oxygen starvation has been known for some years. Three recent papers suggest that we haven’t been seeing the full picture.

    • Michael J. Holdsworth
  • Article |

    The first crystal structures of TPT, a membrane transporter that exports the Calvin cycle intermediates from chloroplasts and plays fundamental roles in nearly all photosynthetic eukaryotes, have now been resolved in complex with different substrates.

    • Yongchan Lee
    • , Tomohiro Nishizawa
    • , Mizuki Takemoto
    • , Kaoru Kumazaki
    • , Keitaro Yamashita
    • , Kunio Hirata
    • , Ayumi Minoda
    • , Satoru Nagatoishi
    • , Kouhei Tsumoto
    • , Ryuichiro Ishitani
    •  & Osamu Nureki
  • Author Correction |

    • Enli Wang
    • , Pierre Martre
    • , Zhigan Zhao
    • , Frank Ewert
    • , Andrea Maiorano
    • , Reimund P. Rötter
    • , Bruce A. Kimball
    • , Michael J. Ottman
    • , Gerard W. Wall
    • , Jeffrey W. White
    • , Matthew P. Reynolds
    • , Phillip D. Alderman
    • , Pramod K. Aggarwal
    • , Jakarat Anothai
    • , Bruno Basso
    • , Christian Biernath
    • , Davide Cammarano
    • , Andrew J. Challinor
    • , Giacomo De Sanctis
    • , Jordi Doltra
    • , Benjamin Dumont
    • , Elias Fereres
    • , Margarita Garcia-Vila
    • , Sebastian Gayler
    • , Gerrit Hoogenboom
    • , Leslie A. Hunt
    • , Roberto C. Izaurralde
    • , Mohamed Jabloun
    • , Curtis D. Jones
    • , Kurt C. Kersebaum
    • , Ann-Kristin Koehler
    • , Leilei Liu
    • , Christoph Müller
    • , Soora Naresh Kumar
    • , Claas Nendel
    • , Garry O’Leary
    • , Jørgen E. Olesen
    • , Taru Palosuo
    • , Eckart Priesack
    • , Ehsan Eyshi Rezaei
    • , Dominique Ripoche
    • , Alex C. Ruane
    • , Mikhail A. Semenov
    • , Iurii Shcherbak
    • , Claudio Stöckle
    • , Pierre Stratonovitch
    • , Thilo Streck
    • , Iwan Supit
    • , Fulu Tao
    • , Peter Thorburn
    • , Katharina Waha
    • , Daniel Wallach
    • , Zhimin Wang
    • , Joost Wolf
    • , Yan Zhu
    •  & Senthold Asseng
  • Article |

    It remains unknown how the central metabolite acetyl-CoA affects histone acetylation in plants. Chen et al. now show that cytosolic acetyl-CoA promotes histone acetylation predominantly at H3K27 in Arabidopsis.

    • Chen Chen
    • , Chenlong Li
    • , Ying Wang
    • , Justin Renaud
    • , Gang Tian
    • , Shrikaar Kambhampati
    • , Behnaz Saatian
    • , Vi Nguyen
    • , Abdelali Hannoufa
    • , Frédéric Marsolais
    • , Ze-Chun Yuan
    • , Kangfu Yu
    • , Ryan S. Austin
    • , Jun Liu
    • , Susanne E. Kohalmi
    • , Keqiang Wu
    • , Shangzhi Huang
    •  & Yuhai Cui
  • Perspective |

    Programmed cell death is essential but differently regulated in animals and plants. In this Perspective, the features of plant apoptotic-like cell death are reassessed to highlight the similarities between animal and plant programmed cell death.

    • Martin Dickman
    • , Brett Williams
    • , Yurong Li
    • , Paul Figueiredo
    •  & Thomas Wolpert
  • Editorial |

    The recent International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen was the largest meeting in its history. That a gathering rooted in the superficially traditional science of taxonomy is thriving in the age of genomics and biotechnology shows the strength and adaptability of modern botany and botanists.

  • News and Views |

    Hi-C experiments in rice reveal that the rice genome is partitioned into well-defined three-dimensional structures similar to so-called topologically associating domains found in metazoans.

    • Stefan Grob
  • Letter |

    The uptake of CO2 by leaves, and its conversion to sugars, is the basis for life on land. This study proposes a model unifying light-use efficiency relationships and a standard model of photosynthesis across species and ecosystems, and globally.

    • Han Wang
    • , I. Colin Prentice
    • , Trevor F. Keenan
    • , Tyler W. Davis
    • , Ian J. Wright
    • , William K. Cornwell
    • , Bradley J. Evans
    •  & Changhui Peng