Latest Research

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Article |

    Whether phenotypic mean values and plasticity share similar genetic architectures remains elusive. A study examining multiple traits in a maize NAM population using GWAS showed that genes underlying mean and plasticity measures form distinct groups.

    • Aaron Kusmec
    • , Srikant Srinivasan
    • , Dan Nettleton
    •  & Patrick S. Schnable
  • Article |

    Mechanical heterogeneity due to differences in methyl-esterification of cell wall pectins is sufficient to produce asymmetric leaf morphology, as predicted by a mathematical model and validated in Arabidopsis and tomato.

    • Jiyan Qi
    • , Binbin Wu
    • , Shiliang Feng
    • , Shouqin Lü
    • , Chunmei Guan
    • , Xiao Zhang
    • , Dengli Qiu
    • , Yingchun Hu
    • , Yihua Zhou
    • , Chuanyou Li
    • , Mian Long
    •  & Yuling Jiao
  • Article |

    A study reports a high-efficient approach, ssDRIP-seq, for genome-wide identification of chromatin R-loops. Using this approach, researchers present the first genome-wide profile of Arabidopsis R-loops, showing that the R-loop is a common chromatin feature.

    • Wei Xu
    • , Hui Xu
    • , Kuan Li
    • , Yingxu Fan
    • , Yang Liu
    • , Xuerui Yang
    •  & Qianwen Sun
  • Letter |

    During gibberellic acid signalling, DELLAs restrict the size of the shoot apical meristem by targeting the cell cycle regulator KRP2. The roles of DELLAs in the shoot apical meristem and stem growth can be genetically uncoupled in Arabidopsis and barley.

    • Antonio Serrano-Mislata
    • , Stefano Bencivenga
    • , Max Bush
    • , Katharina Schiessl
    • , Scott Boden
    •  & Robert Sablowski
  • Article |

    Assembly of polyploid plant genomes has been technically challenging. Now, a study presents a half haplotype-resolved hexaploid genome of sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas, using a novel haplotyping method.

    • Jun Yang
    • , M-Hossein Moeinzadeh
    • , Heiner Kuhl
    • , Johannes Helmuth
    • , Peng Xiao
    • , Stefan Haas
    • , Guiling Liu
    • , Jianli Zheng
    • , Zhe Sun
    • , Weijuan Fan
    • , Gaifang Deng
    • , Hongxia Wang
    • , Fenhong Hu
    • , Shanshan Zhao
    • , Alisdair R. Fernie
    • , Stefan Boerno
    • , Bernd Timmermann
    • , Peng Zhang
    •  & Martin Vingron
  • Erratum |

    • 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
    • , 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
  • Review Article |

    A Review Article describes recent progress in plant genome editing by introducing newly developed editing tools and methods and their application. The associated challenges and future prospects are also discussed.

    • Kangquan Yin
    • , Caixia Gao
    •  & Jin-Long Qiu
  • Perspective |

    Plants have long been recognized for their therapeutic properties. Now, modern science is unravelling the mechanisms of action of ancient herbal medicines and finding new ways to exploit them.

    • Fu-Shuang Li
    •  & Jing-Ke Weng
  • Article |

    PopP2 is an effector from the YopJ family, present in plant and animal bacterial pathogens. Here, its structure is determined in complex with inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) and bound to its target, the WRKY domain of the RRS1-R plant immune receptor.

    • Zhi-Min Zhang
    • , Ka-Wai Ma
    • , Linfeng Gao
    • , Zhenquan Hu
    • , Simon Schwizer
    • , Wenbo Ma
    •  & Jikui Song
  • Erratum |

    • Jong-Myong Kim
    • , Taiko Kim To
    • , Akihiro Matsui
    • , Keitaro Tanoi
    • , Natsuko I. Kobayashi
    • , Fumio Matsuda
    • , Yoshiki Habu
    • , Daisuke Ogawa
    • , Takuya Sakamoto
    • , Sachihiro Matsunaga
    • , Khurram Bashir
    • , Sultana Rasheed
    • , Marina Ando
    • , Hiroko Takeda
    • , Kanako Kawaura
    • , Miyako Kusano
    • , Atsushi Fukushima
    • , Endo Takaho A.
    • , Takashi Kuromori
    • , Junko Ishida
    • , Taeko Morosawa
    • , Maho Tanaka
    • , Chieko Torii
    • , Yumiko Takebayashi
    • , Hitoshi Sakakibara
    • , Yasunari Ogihara
    • , Kazuki Saito
    • , Kazuo Shinozaki
    • , Alessandra Devoto
    •  & Motoaki Seki