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  • 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
  • This Review summarizes the growth of plant pan-genome studies, explore the origins of gene presence and absence variation, and introduces the impacts of pan-genomes on plant biology, breeding and evolutionary studies.

    • Philipp E. Bayer
    • Agnieszka A. Golicz
    • David Edwards
    Review Article
  • A Review presents current understanding of the developmental mechanisms underlying flower diversification by summarizing up-to-date knowledge on the initiation, identity determination, morphogenesis and maturation of floral organs.

    • Hongyan Shan
    • Jie Cheng
    • Hongzhi Kong
    Review Article