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  • This study collected and analysed 3,517 de novo assemblies from 1,575 plant species sequenced since 2000, including 793 newly sequenced species in the past three years. A database named N3: plants, genomes, technologies was developed to accommodate the metadata associated with the sequenced genomes.

    • Lingjuan Xie
    • Xiaojiao Gong
    • Longjiang Fan
    Review Article
  • The plant DNA damage response ensures genomic stability by controlling interconnected networks of DNA repair and cell division proteins. Decoding these networks offers potential solutions to the challenges of climate-related stress and food security.

    • Josephine Herbst
    • Qian-Qian Li
    • Lieven De Veylder
    Review Article
  • Pollen coat is important in protecting plant male gametes. The authors review genes and proteins involved in its biosynthesis, transport and regulation processes in rice and Arabidopsis, and highlight the usage of pollen coat-deficient mutants in plant breeding.

    • Yuyuan Qiao
    • Bingzhu Hou
    • Xiaoquan Qi
    Review Article
  • This Review summarizes our current knowledge from genomics and fossil records about the evolutionary transition from charophycean algae to embryophytes, with a focus on the progressive assembly of the embryophyte genetic innovations during terrestrialization.

    • John L. Bowman
    Review Article
  • The establishment of cell polarity is essential for plant growth and development. The process involves biochemical cues and mechanical changes. Here the authors review the establishment of polarity in plant cells, with a particular focus on the molecular players connecting mechanical information and cell morphogenesis.

    • Vera Gorelova
    • Joris Sprakel
    • Dolf Weijers
    Review Article
  • Biological membrane bilayers typically have distinct phospholipid compositions in the two leaflets, which require lipid translocation mediated by transporters called lipid flippases. These proteins are crucial for cell survival and various physiological activities in eukaryotic cells. This Review discusses the current knowledge of lipid flippases in plants.

    • Rosa L. López-Marqués
    Review Article
  • This Review summarizes the current status of base editors and prime editors in plants, reporting both technological developments and biological applications of these precise genome editors.

    • Kutubuddin A. Molla
    • Simon Sretenovic
    • Yiping Qi
    Review Article
  • 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
  • Light-dependent protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (LPOR) is a light-activated enzyme that catalyses a vital step in chlorophyll biosynthesis and acts as a key regulator of plant greening. In this Review, the authors summarize recent progress in the functional, chemical and structural understanding of LPOR photocatalysis in plants.

    • Derren J. Heyes
    • Shaowei Zhang
    • Nigel S. Scrutton
    Review Article
  • Managing agricultural microbiomes is an efficient approach to improve crop performance in agroecosystems. This Review summarizes the current state of knowledge from less to more targeted approaches to manage soil, plant and pest-associated microbiomes. The authors also identify the knowledge gaps in relation to current agricultural practices in microbiome management.

    • Elizabeth French
    • Ian Kaplan
    • Laramy Enders
    Review Article
  • Cullin3–RING ligases (CRL3s) are a subclass of the vast family of ubiquitin E3 ligases. This Review comprehensively explores the role of CLR3 proteins in various biological processes, in light of exciting recent discoveries.

    • Zhaonan Ban
    • Mark Estelle
    Review Article