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    Kava (Piper methysticum), an ethnomedicinal shrub native to the Polynesian islands, produces psychoactive kavalactones and anticancer flavokavains. Structures of key enzymes in their biosynthetic network may enable heterologous production.

    • Tomáš Pluskal
    • , Michael P. Torrens-Spence
    • , Timothy R. Fallon
    • , Andrea De Abreu
    • , Cindy H. Shi
    •  & Jing-Ke Weng
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    A study identified unprecedented horizontal gene transfer (HGT) events in Cuscuta campestris and related species, and provides insights into convergent HGTs between Cuscuta and Orobanchaceae parasites and the functional importance of the HGT sequences.

    • Zhenzhen Yang
    • , Eric K. Wafula
    • , Gunjune Kim
    • , Saima Shahid
    • , Joel R. McNeal
    • , Paula E. Ralph
    • , Prakash R. Timilsena
    • , Wen-bin Yu
    • , Elizabeth A. Kelly
    • , Huiting Zhang
    • , Thomas Nate Person
    • , Naomi S. Altman
    • , Michael J. Axtell
    • , James H. Westwood
    •  & Claude W. dePamphilis
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    Prochlorococcus can adapt to the oceans’ highly stratified low-nutrient conditions. Atomic force microscopy of thylakoid membranes shows a series of specialized PSI configurations adapted to the environmental niche occupied by a particular ecotype.

    • C. MacGregor-Chatwin
    • , P. J. Jackson
    • , M. Sener
    • , J. W. Chidgey
    • , A. Hitchcock
    • , P. Qian
    • , G. E. Mayneord
    • , M. P. Johnson
    • , Z. Luthey-Schulten
    • , M. J. Dickman
    • , D. J. Scanlan
    •  & C. N. Hunter
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    A high-quality draft genome assembly of Musa balbisiana (the banana B-genome) is reported. Comparative genomic and gene functional analyses provide insights into the subgenome evolution and functional divergence between the A- and B-subgenomes.

    • Zhuo Wang
    • , Hongxia Miao
    • , Juhua Liu
    • , Biyu Xu
    • , Xiaoming Yao
    • , Chunyan Xu
    • , Shancen Zhao
    • , Xiaodong Fang
    • , Caihong Jia
    • , Jingyi Wang
    • , Jianbin Zhang
    • , Jingyang Li
    • , Yi Xu
    • , Jiashui Wang
    • , Weihong Ma
    • , Zhangyan Wu
    • , Lili Yu
    • , Yulan Yang
    • , Chun Liu
    • , Yu Guo
    • , Silong Sun
    • , Franc-Christophe Baurens
    • , Guillaume Martin
    • , Frederic Salmon
    • , Olivier Garsmeur
    • , Nabila Yahiaoui
    • , Catherine Hervouet
    • , Mathieu Rouard
    • , Nathalie Laboureau
    • , Remy Habas
    • , Sebastien Ricci
    • , Ming Peng
    • , Anping Guo
    • , Jianghui Xie
    • , Yin Li
    • , Zehong Ding
    • , Yan Yan
    • , Weiwei Tie
    • , Angélique D’Hont
    • , Wei Hu
    •  & Zhiqiang Jin
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    The Early Cretaceous record of monocots is poor compared to other angiosperms. A well-preserved fossil monocot from the Crato plattenkalk limestone supports the possibility of an early radiation of monocots into the tropics of Northern Gondwana.

    • Clément Coiffard
    • , Nikolay Kardjilov
    • , Ingo Manke
    •  & Mary E. C. Bernardes-de-Oliveira
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    Knockout of cytoplasmic male-sterility-associated genes using TALENs with mitochondria localization signals rescues male sterility in rice and rapeseed, validating the role of these genes, and provides a method for plant mitochondrial genome editing.

    • Tomohiko Kazama
    • , Miki Okuno
    • , Yuta Watari
    • , Shungo Yanase
    • , Chie Koizuka
    • , Yu Tsuruta
    • , Hajime Sugaya
    • , Atsushi Toyoda
    • , Takehiko Itoh
    • , Nobuhiro Tsutsumi
    • , Kinya Toriyama
    • , Nobuya Koizuka
    •  & Shin-ichi Arimura
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    STIGMATIC PRIVACY 1 (SPRI1) encodes a stigma-specific plasma membrane protein. It ensures intraspecific fertilization by rejecting pollen tubes of distantly related species in a manner independent of self-incompatibility, thus functioning as an interspecies barrier mechanism.

    • Sota Fujii
    • , Takashi Tsuchimatsu
    • , Yuka Kimura
    • , Shota Ishida
    • , Surachat Tangpranomkorn
    • , Hiroko Shimosato-Asano
    • , Megumi Iwano
    • , Shoko Furukawa
    • , Wakana Itoyama
    • , Yuko Wada
    • , Kentaro K. Shimizu
    •  & Seiji Takayama
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    Fossil fuel and fertilizer use has led to increased nitrogen and sulfur pollution deposition in the United States, introducing mixed impacts on herbaceous species that could impact ecosystems as well as the individual plants.

    • Christopher M. Clark
    • , Samuel M. Simkin
    • , Edith B. Allen
    • , William D. Bowman
    • , Jayne Belnap
    • , Matthew L. Brooks
    • , Scott L. Collins
    • , Linda H. Geiser
    • , Frank S. Gilliam
    • , Sarah E. Jovan
    • , Linda H. Pardo
    • , Bethany K. Schulz
    • , Carly J. Stevens
    • , Katharine N. Suding
    • , Heather L. Throop
    •  & Donald M. Waller
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    Arabidopsis MPK3 and MPK6 are involved in many biological processes. How do they achieve their signalling specificity? Structural, biochemical and genetic approaches show that the bHLH protein SCREAM acts as a scaffold to recruit downstream substrates during stomatal development.

    • Aarthi Putarjunan
    • , Jim Ruble
    • , Ashutosh Srivastava
    • , Chunzhao Zhao
    • , Amanda L. Rychel
    • , Alex K. Hofstetter
    • , Xiaobo Tang
    • , Jian-Kang Zhu
    • , Florence Tama
    • , Ning Zheng
    •  & Keiko U. Torii
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    In C4 grasses, malate is decarboxylated by NADP-malic enzyme in bundle sheath cells. The structures of maize and sorghum varieties identify amino acids important for catalytic efficiency, tetrameric structure and pH-dependent inhibition malate

    • Clarisa E. Alvarez
    • , Anastasiia Bovdilova
    • , Astrid Höppner
    • , Christian-Claus Wolff
    • , Mariana Saigo
    • , Felipe Trajtenberg
    • , Tao Zhang
    • , Alejandro Buschiazzo
    • , Luitgard Nagel-Steger
    • , Maria F. Drincovich
    • , Martin J. Lercher
    •  & Veronica G. Maurino
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    Using large-scale data describing five decades of wheat breeding progress in western Europe, a study shows that breeding for high performance enhances wheat productivity under not only optimal conditions but also conditions with reduced agrochemical inputs.

    • Kai P. Voss-Fels
    • , Andreas Stahl
    • , Benjamin Wittkop
    • , Carolin Lichthardt
    • , Sabrina Nagler
    • , Till Rose
    • , Tsu-Wei Chen
    • , Holger Zetzsche
    • , Sylvia Seddig
    • , Mirza Majid Baig
    • , Agim Ballvora
    • , Matthias Frisch
    • , Elizabeth Ross
    • , Ben J. Hayes
    • , Matthew J. Hayden
    • , Frank Ordon
    • , Jens Leon
    • , Henning Kage
    • , Wolfgang Friedt
    • , Hartmut Stützel
    •  & Rod J. Snowdon
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    Plasmodesmata channel substance transportation between neighbouring cells, including the sieve tube elements and the phloem companion cells. Now, the plasmodesmal ultrastructure is shown to be regulated by a newly identified phloem unloading modulator that participates in sphingolipid biosynthesis in Arabidopsis.

    • Dawei Yan
    • , Shri Ram Yadav
    • , Andrea Paterlini
    • , William J. Nicolas
    • , Jules D. Petit
    • , Lysiane Brocard
    • , Ilya Belevich
    • , Magali S. Grison
    • , Anne Vaten
    • , Leila Karami
    • , Sedeer el-Showk
    • , Jung-Youn Lee
    • , Gosia M. Murawska
    • , Jenny Mortimer
    • , Michael Knoblauch
    • , Eija Jokitalo
    • , Jonathan E. Markham
    • , Emmanuelle M. Bayer
    •  & Ykä Helariutta
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    MYC2 is a master component of jasmonate signalling, working in concert with MED25, a subunit of the Mediator transcriptional co-activator complex. Here it is shown that MYC2 and MED25 have largely overlapping targets and mediate DNA looping between these enhancer and promoter sequences.

    • Hang Wang
    • , Shuyu Li
    • , Yan’an Li
    • , Yiran Xu
    • , Yunhao Wang
    • , Ruoxi Zhang
    • , Wenjing Sun
    • , Qian Chen
    • , Xiu-jie Wang
    • , Chuanyou Li
    •  & Jiuhai Zhao
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    Thousands of varieties of wine grapes have been recorded and described in historical accounts, some going back as far as the Middle Ages, but genetic relationships between ancient and modern varieties were unknown. Genomic sequencing of 28 seeds, dating back as far as the Iron Age, finds close relationships to today’s cultivars, including a genetic match to Savagnin Blanc from 1100 ce.

    • Jazmín Ramos-Madrigal
    • , Anne Kathrine Wiborg Runge
    • , Laurent Bouby
    • , Thierry Lacombe
    • , José Alfredo Samaniego Castruita
    • , Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon
    • , Isabel Figueiral
    • , Charlotte Hallavant
    • , José M. Martínez-Zapater
    • , Caroline Schaal
    • , Reinhard Töpfer
    • , Bent Petersen
    • , Thomas Sicheritz-Pontén
    • , Patrice This
    • , Roberto Bacilieri
    • , M. Thomas P. Gilbert
    •  & Nathan Wales
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    This cryo-electron microscopy structure of a photosystem I–light-harvesting complex I supercomplex from Chlamydomonas reveals eight Lhca proteins forming two tetrameric light-harvesting complex I belts on one side, and a Lhca heterodimer on the other.

    • Michihiro Suga
    • , Shin-Ichiro Ozawa
    • , Kaori Yoshida-Motomura
    • , Fusamichi Akita
    • , Naoyuki Miyazaki
    •  & Yuichiro Takahashi
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    A study reconstructed angiosperm phylogeny on the basis of plastome data representing 2,351 angiosperm and 187 gymnosperm species, and dated the origin of crown angiosperms to be significantly earlier than the estimates based on fossil data.

    • Hong-Tao Li
    • , Ting-Shuang Yi
    • , Lian-Ming Gao
    • , Peng-Fei Ma
    • , Ting Zhang
    • , Jun-Bo Yang
    • , Matthew A. Gitzendanner
    • , Peter W. Fritsch
    • , Jie Cai
    • , Yang Luo
    • , Hong Wang
    • , Michelle van der Bank
    • , Shu-Dong Zhang
    • , Qing-Feng Wang
    • , Jian Wang
    • , Zhi-Rong Zhang
    • , Chao-Nan Fu
    • , Jing Yang
    • , Peter M. Hollingsworth
    • , Mark W. Chase
    • , Douglas E. Soltis
    • , Pamela S. Soltis
    •  & De-Zhu Li
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    Retrograde signalling ensures message communication between organelles and the nucleus. A pivotal regulator of plant retrograde signalling, GENOMES UNCOUPLED1, is now found to regulate protein import into chloroplast during chloroplast biogenesis or under stress conditions.

    • Guo-Zhang Wu
    • , Etienne H. Meyer
    • , Andreas S. Richter
    • , Maja Schuster
    • , Qihua Ling
    • , Mark A. Schöttler
    • , Dirk Walther
    • , Reimo Zoschke
    • , Bernhard Grimm
    • , R. Paul Jarvis
    •  & Ralph Bock
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    This study uses ancient DNA sequencing to track Sorghum genome evolution over the past 1,800 years at a single archaeological site. The data unexpectedly reveal no evidence for domestication bottleneck, and instead reveal a steady drop in genetic diversity over time.

    • Oliver Smith
    • , William V. Nicholson
    • , Logan Kistler
    • , Emma Mace
    • , Alan Clapham
    • , Pamela Rose
    • , Chris Stevens
    • , Roselyn Ware
    • , Siva Samavedam
    • , Guy Barker
    • , David Jordan
    • , Dorian Q. Fuller
    •  & Robin G. Allaby
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    Cross-scale models connecting leaf photosynthesis to crop yield—with feedback between plant growth and the environment—can predict yield following enhancement of photosynthesis. Impacts range markedly depending on factors such as water limitation.

    • Alex Wu
    • , Graeme L. Hammer
    • , Al Doherty
    • , Susanne von Caemmerer
    •  & Graham D. Farquhar
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    FREE1/FYVE1, a component of the ESCRT complex, is essential for the biogenesis of multivesicular bodies. A novel function of this protein is shown here—ABA promotes FREE1 nuclear import to downregulate ABA transcriptional downstream responses.

    • Hongbo Li
    • , Yingzhu Li
    • , Qiong Zhao
    • , Tingting Li
    • , Juan Wei
    • , Baiying Li
    • , Wenjin Shen
    • , Chao Yang
    • , Yonglun Zeng
    • , Pedro L. Rodriguez
    • , Yunde Zhao
    • , Liwen Jiang
    • , Xiaojing Wang
    •  & Caiji Gao
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    The three-dimensional architecture of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis was determined by in situ cryo-electron tomography. The tips of multiple thylakoids merge and contact the plasma membrane, performing a specialized biogenic function.

    • Anna Rast
    • , Miroslava Schaffer
    • , Sahradha Albert
    • , William Wan
    • , Stefan Pfeffer
    • , Florian Beck
    • , Jürgen M. Plitzko
    • , Jörg Nickelsen
    •  & Benjamin D. Engel
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    In rice, nitrate perception by NRT1.1B activates genetic responses that increase the utilization of not only nitrate but also phosphate. A novel molecular mechanism centred on the presumed Pi sensor SPX4 underlies this nutritional signalling crosstalk.

    • Bin Hu
    • , Zhimin Jiang
    • , Wei Wang
    • , Yahong Qiu
    • , Zhihua Zhang
    • , Yongqiang Liu
    • , Aifu Li
    • , Xiaokai Gao
    • , Linchuan Liu
    • , Yangwen Qian
    • , Xiahe Huang
    • , Feifei Yu
    • , Sai Kang
    • , Yiqin Wang
    • , Junpeng Xie
    • , Shouyun Cao
    • , Lianhe Zhang
    • , Yingchun Wang
    • , Qi Xie
    • , Stanislav Kopriva
    •  & Chengcai Chu
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    Breeding crops with both high yield and disease resistance remains challenging. A study has now identified microRNA-156–Ideal Plant Architecture1 (IPA1) as a regulator of the crosstalk between growth and defence in rice and overcame the trade-off by pathogen-induced expression of IPA1.

    • Mingming Liu
    • , Zhenying Shi
    • , Xiaohan Zhang
    • , Mingxuan Wang
    • , Lin Zhang
    • , Kezhi Zheng
    • , Jiyun Liu
    • , Xingming Hu
    • , Cuiru Di
    • , Qian Qian
    • , Zuhua He
    •  & Dong-Lei Yang
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    Structure of the photosystem I–light-harvesting complex I in green alga at 3.49 Å resolution shows 13 core subunits and 10 antennas in a double semi-ring. This provides a basis for unravelling the mechanisms of algal light-energy harvesting.

    • Xiaochun Qin
    • , Xiong Pi
    • , Wenda Wang
    • , Guangye Han
    • , Lixia Zhu
    • , Mingmei Liu
    • , Linpeng Cheng
    • , Jian-Ren Shen
    • , Tingyun Kuang
    •  & Sen-Fang Sui
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    Functional interaction between an aquaporin and a membrane-tethered growth suppressor MYB transcription factor leads to activation of the latter, establishing a link between hydraulics and transcriptional control.

    • Shuai Zhang
    • , Ming Feng
    • , Wen Chen
    • , Xiaofeng Zhou
    • , Jingyun Lu
    • , Yaru Wang
    • , Yonghong Li
    • , Cai-Zhong Jiang
    • , Su-Sheng Gan
    • , Nan Ma
    •  & Junping Gao
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    Plastid genome engineering has been challenging in crops and model plants. Now, a method enables efficient plastid transformation by taking advantage of root-derived microcalli as source tissue and the knockout of a nuclear gene for efficient screening.

    • Stephanie Ruf
    • , Joachim Forner
    • , Claudia Hasse
    • , Xenia Kroop
    • , Stefanie Seeger
    • , Laura Schollbach
    • , Anne Schadach
    •  & Ralph Bock
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    Vacuolar iron transporter 1 (VIT1) is important for iron homeostasis in plants. VIT1 forms a dimeric structure with five membrane-spanning domains, and an ion-translocating pathway of methionine and carboxylate residues at the dimer interface.

    • Takafumi Kato
    • , Kaoru Kumazaki
    • , Miki Wada
    • , Reiya Taniguchi
    • , Takanori Nakane
    • , Keitaro Yamashita
    • , Kunio Hirata
    • , Ryuichiro Ishitani
    • , Koichi Ito
    • , Tomohiro Nishizawa
    •  & Osamu Nureki
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    Electron microscopy and tomography show two periarbuscular, membrane-bound compartments during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. One may facilitate movement of molecules between symbiotic partners, and the other provide nutrient assimilation capacity.

    • Sergey Ivanov
    • , Jotham Austin II
    • , R. Howard Berg
    •  & Maria J. Harrison
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    Rising CO2 levels have been thought to potentially increase plant growth due to improved fertilization, but such a general effect is spatially and temporally affected by precipitation. Grassland experiments show constraints and increases in the fertilization effect due to seasonal-based precipitation, inferring that any potential plant growth could be mitigated by natural rainfall changes.

    • Mark J. Hovenden
    • , Sebastian Leuzinger
    • , Paul C. D. Newton
    • , Andrew Fletcher
    • , Simone Fatichi
    • , Andreas Lüscher
    • , Peter B. Reich
    • , Louise C. Andresen
    • , Claus Beier
    • , Dana M. Blumenthal
    • , Nona R. Chiariello
    • , Jeffrey S. Dukes
    • , Juliane Kellner
    • , Kirsten Hofmockel
    • , Pascal A. Niklaus
    • , Jian Song
    • , Shiqiang Wan
    • , Aimée T. Classen
    •  & J. Adam Langley
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    Eukaryotic mRNAs often contain upstream open reading frames for small peptides. However, this study reports a truly bicistronic transcript in Arabidopsis, which encodes both CELL DIVISION CYCLE 26, a cell cycle regulator, and TRIPHOSPHATE TUNNEL METALLOENZYME 3, an inorganic polyphosphatase.

    • Laura Lorenzo-Orts
    • , Janika Witthoeft
    • , Jules Deforges
    • , Jacobo Martinez
    • , Sylvain Loubéry
    • , Aleksandra Placzek
    • , Yves Poirier
    • , Ludwig A. Hothorn
    • , Yvon Jaillais
    •  & Michael Hothorn
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    The symbiosis of mycorrhizal fungi and roots involves invasion of plant cells, followed by collapse of the intracellular fungal arbuscules. Ultra-structural details of this interaction show continuous formation of extracellular vesicles at the peri-arbuscular space.

    • Ronelle Roth
    • , Stefan Hillmer
    • , Charlotta Funaya
    • , Marco Chiapello
    • , Karin Schumacher
    • , Libera Lo Presti
    • , Regine Kahmann
    •  & Uta Paszkowski
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    This study reports a near-complete genome of Antirrhinum majus L., provides insights into gene and genome duplication events, and reveals the genetic basis underlying complex traits of snapdragon, such as flower asymmetry and self-incompatibility.

    • Miaomiao Li
    • , Dongfen Zhang
    • , Qiang Gao
    • , Yingfeng Luo
    • , Hui Zhang
    • , Bin Ma
    • , Chunhai Chen
    • , Annabel Whibley
    • , Yu’e Zhang
    • , Yinghao Cao
    • , Qun Li
    • , Han Guo
    • , Junhui Li
    • , Yanzhai Song
    • , Yue Zhang
    • , Lucy Copsey
    • , Yan Li
    • , Xiuxiu Li
    • , Ming Qi
    • , Jiawei Wang
    • , Yan Chen
    • , Dan Wang
    • , Jinyang Zhao
    • , Guocheng Liu
    • , Bin Wu
    • , Lili Yu
    • , Chunyan Xu
    • , Jiang Li
    • , Shancen Zhao
    • , Yijing Zhang
    • , Songnian Hu
    • , Chengzhi Liang
    • , Ye Yin
    • , Enrico Coen
    •  & Yongbiao Xue
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    A study introduces curcumin biosynthesis in Arabidopsis by expressing the turmeric genes DIKETIDE-CoA SYNTHASE and CURCUMIN SYNTHASE 2, and the monomers curcumin and phenylpentanoids were successfully incorporated into the lignin cell wall to enhance biomass processing.

    • Paula Oyarce
    • , Barbara De Meester
    • , Fernando Fonseca
    • , Lisanne de Vries
    • , Geert Goeminne
    • , Andreas Pallidis
    • , Riet De Rycke
    • , Yukiko Tsuji
    • , Yanding Li
    • , Sander Van den Bosch
    • , Bert Sels
    • , John Ralph
    • , Ruben Vanholme
    •  & Wout Boerjan
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    Autophagy controls protein homeostasis. AUTOPHAGY-RELATED PROTEIN 8 and ABNORMAL SHOOT3 interact to promote endosome trafficking, as well as to regulate protein degradation during senescence independently from the canonical autophagy machinery.

    • Min Jia
    • , Xiayan Liu
    • , Hui Xue
    • , Yue Wu
    • , Lin Shi
    • , Rui Wang
    • , Yu Chen
    • , Ni Xu
    • , Jun Zhao
    • , Jingxia Shao
    • , Yafei Qi
    • , Lijun An
    • , Jen Sheen
    •  & Fei Yu
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    Phosphorus is one of the essential nutrients for all living organisms. Plants and fungi store phosphate in their vacuoles. Multiple plant influx transporters have been reported to import phosphate to the vacuoles. Now, two new phosphate efflux transporters are shown to be important for phosphate export from the vacuole in rice and probably other land plants.

    • Lei Xu
    • , Hongyu Zhao
    • , Renjing Wan
    • , Yu Liu
    • , Zhuang Xu
    • , Wang Tian
    • , Wenyuan Ruan
    • , Fang Wang
    • , Minjuan Deng
    • , Junmin Wang
    • , Liam Dolan
    • , Sheng Luan
    • , Shaowu Xue
    •  & Keke Yi
  • Article |

    This study characterized the unique protein subunit composition and structure of Arabidopsis mitochondrial ribosomes using biochemical assays and cryo-electron microscopy. Ten subunits are pentatricopeptide (PPR) proteins, among which rPPR1 functions as a translation factor.

    • Florent Waltz
    • , Tan-Trung Nguyen
    • , Mathilde Arrivé
    • , Anthony Bochler
    • , Johana Chicher
    • , Philippe Hammann
    • , Lauriane Kuhn
    • , Martine Quadrado
    • , Hakim Mireau
    • , Yaser Hashem
    •  & Philippe Giegé
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    A high-quality reference genome of the stout camphor tree reveals its genome evolution and supports that magnoliid and eudicot lineages share more common ancestry relative to monocots.

    • Shu-Miaw Chaw
    • , Yu-Ching Liu
    • , Yu-Wei Wu
    • , Han-Yu Wang
    • , Chan-Yi Ivy Lin
    • , Chung-Shien Wu
    • , Huei-Mien Ke
    • , Lo-Yu Chang
    • , Chih-Yao Hsu
    • , Hui-Ting Yang
    • , Edi Sudianto
    • , Min-Hung Hsu
    • , Kun-Pin Wu
    • , Ling-Ni Wang
    • , James H. Leebens-Mack
    •  & Isheng J. Tsai
  • Article |

    A study examined transcriptome dynamics of Arabidopsis halleri weekly for two years and bihourly for the four equinoxes/solstices, revealing that the change of temperature rather than day length dominantly defines the seasonal transcriptome oscillations.

    • Atsushi J. Nagano
    • , Tetsuhiro Kawagoe
    • , Jiro Sugisaka
    • , Mie N. Honjo
    • , Koji Iwayama
    •  & Hiroshi Kudoh
  • Article |

    A sunflower pan-genome determined by sequencing about 500 accessions, including wild, landrace and cultivated lines, showed that introgression from the wild species has profoundly shaped the cultivar gene pool and contributed disease resistance genes.

    • Sariel Hübner
    • , Natalia Bercovich
    • , Marco Todesco
    • , Jennifer R. Mandel
    • , Jens Odenheimer
    • , Emanuel Ziegler
    • , Joon S. Lee
    • , Gregory J. Baute
    • , Gregory L. Owens
    • , Christopher J. Grassa
    • , Daniel P. Ebert
    • , Katherine L. Ostevik
    • , Brook T. Moyers
    • , Sarah Yakimowski
    • , Rishi R. Masalia
    • , Lexuan Gao
    • , Irina Ćalić
    • , John E. Bowers
    • , Nolan C. Kane
    • , Dirk Z. H. Swanevelder
    • , Timo Kubach
    • , Stephane Muños
    • , Nicolas B. Langlade
    • , John M. Burke
    •  & Loren H. Rieseberg
  • Article |

    Rubber tree plantations have been displacing tropical forests in Southeast Asia, linked to global rubber prices. Forest-to-plantation conversion in Cambodia is correlated with shifts in rubber prices, with a time lag of under a year, showing the link between global commodity markets and deforestation in developing nations.

    • Kenneth Grogan
    • , Dirk Pflugmacher
    • , Patrick Hostert
    • , Ole Mertz
    •  & Rasmus Fensholt
  • Article |

    The plant vacuole plays important roles in regulating growth and development. Now, the vacuole in Arabidopsis root cells is presented at nanometre resolution by 3D whole-cell tomography, suggesting a cellular mechanism for plant vacuole formation.

    • Yong Cui
    • , Wenhan Cao
    • , Yilin He
    • , Qiong Zhao
    • , Mayumi Wakazaki
    • , Xiaohong Zhuang
    • , Jiayang Gao
    • , Yonglun Zeng
    • , Caiji Gao
    • , Yu Ding
    • , Hiu Yan Wong
    • , Wing Shing Wong
    • , Ham Karen Lam
    • , Pengfei Wang
    • , Takashi Ueda
    • , Marcela Rojas-Pierce
    • , Kiminori Toyooka
    • , Byung-Ho Kang
    •  & Liwen Jiang
  • Article |

    Peptides play important roles in plants. Identical CLE9/10 peptides can be perceived by two receptor complexes, depending on the tissue context, during the control of different developmental processes: stomatal lineage and xylem development.

    • Pingping Qian
    • , Wen Song
    • , Toshiya Yokoo
    • , Ayako Minobe
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