Volume 2 Issue 12 December 2016

Volume 2 Issue 12

Agave rising

Whether making syrup or tequila, the succulent Agave uses crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) to maximize water-use efficiency under arid conditions. The unravelling of Agave's complex 'omic' relationships is a first step to recruiting its valuable traits for a more sustainable world.

See Nature Plants 2, 16178 (2016).

Image: H.C. De Paoli & K.J. Palla Cover Design: A. Wing

Editorial

  • Editorial |

    With the year drawing to a close, what hope is there for a ‘golden’ future for plant sciences in 2017 and beyond?

Features & comment

  • News |

    Blue tomatoes, pink bananas and red-fleshed apples. Meet the next generation of healthy fruits.

    • Karl Gruber

Research Highlights

News & Views

  • News and Views |

    The specialized photosynthesis adopted by drought-resilient crassulacean acid metabolism plants has inverted the diel stomatal opening behaviour of their ancestral C3 plants. This was achieved via large-scale reprogramming of expression of the signal transduction machinery and a coordinate shift in the cellular redox poise.

    • Alisdair R. Fernie
  • News and Views |

    Two recent studies revealed the genetic architecture of the long fascinating heterostyly in Primula and that the absence of a CYPT gene determines the long style morph.

    • Bruce McClure
  • News and Views |

    Photosynthesis in C3 plants is limited by the kinetics of the CO2-fixing enzyme Rubisco. Natural variation in Rubisco can be exploited to provide new avenues for adapting photosynthetic performance to a changing climate while reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture.

    • Rowan F. Sage

Reviews

  • Review Article |

    Photosynthetic organisms must protect themselves from damage during high-light conditions. This Review shows how cyanobacteria trigger such photoprotection using the orange carotenoid protein.

    • Diana Kirilovsky
    •  & Cheryl A. Kerfeld

Research

  • Brief Communication |

    Mutualisms are common in nature. In Fiji, a species of ant selects, disperses and fertilizes an epiphytic plant in an exclusive symbiosis. This represents a novel example of plant farming by ants.

    • Guillaume Chomicki
    •  & Susanne S. Renner
  • Letter |

    Little is known of the effects of drought on nutrient cycling in forests. Long-term monitoring of nutrient fluxes shows that drought causes loss of potassium from boreal forests, which may contribute to reduced potassium availability in a warming world.

    • Daniel Houle
    • , Geneviève Lajoie
    •  & Louis Duchesne
  • Article |

    The genetic model for heterostyly in Primula involves two floral morphs, pin and thrum, with reciprocal anther and stigma heights. This study reveals that the thrum morph is hemizygous and controlled by a cluster of five linked genes absent in the pin morph.

    • Jinhong Li
    • , Jonathan M. Cocker
    • , Jonathan Wright
    • , Margaret A. Webster
    • , Mark McMullan
    • , Sarah Dyer
    • , David Swarbreck
    • , Mario Caccamo
    • , Cock van Oosterhout
    •  & Philip M. Gilmartin
  • Letter |

    Two genes controlling the transcriptional network involved in stomatal development in Arabidopsis thaliana have a conserved function in the non-vascular moss Physcomitrella patens. Moss mutants without stomata show delayed capsule dehiscence.

    • Caspar C. Chater
    • , Robert S. Caine
    • , Marta Tomek
    • , Simon Wallace
    • , Yasuko Kamisugi
    • , Andrew C. Cuming
    • , Daniel Lang
    • , Cora A. MacAlister
    • , Stuart Casson
    • , Dominique C. Bergmann
    • , Eva L. Decker
    • , Wolfgang Frank
    • , Julie E. Gray
    • , Andrew Fleming
    • , Ralf Reski
    •  & David J. Beerling
  • Article |

    Crassulacean plants have high water-use efficiency and are resilient to drought. A system-wide comparative analysis of protein, transcript and metabolite variations in Agave is presented and may help to transfer this efficiency to other crops.

    • Paul E. Abraham
    • , Hengfu Yin
    • , Anne M. Borland
    • , Deborah Weighill
    • , Sung Don Lim
    • , Henrique Cestari De Paoli
    • , Nancy Engle
    • , Piet C. Jones
    • , Ryan Agh
    • , David J. Weston
    • , Stan D. Wullschleger
    • , Timothy Tschaplinski
    • , Daniel Jacobson
    • , John C. Cushman
    • , Robert L. Hettich
    • , Gerald A. Tuskan
    •  & Xiaohan Yang
  • Article |

    Plants sense bacterial invaders through the binding of non-self molecular patterns and membrane receptors. Natural variation in tomato is used to identify a new receptor for cold-shock protein that can be used to enhance immunity in other species.

    • Lei Wang
    • , Markus Albert
    • , Elias Einig
    • , Ursula Fürst
    • , Damaris Krust
    •  & Georg Felix
  • Letter |

    Proanthocyanidins are important phenolic compounds that affect the taste of plant-based food. A combination of genetics and biochemistry solves the role of leucoanthocyanidin reductase in the polymerization of (epi)catechin units in Medicago.

    • Chenggang Liu
    • , Xiaoqiang Wang
    • , Vladimir Shulaev
    •  & Richard A. Dixon
  • Article |

    Different cucurbits produce cucurbitacins with varied structures and activities. A comparative genomic study illustrates the genetic basis of cucurbitacin differentiation and tissue-specific cucurbitacin synthesis.

    • Yuan Zhou
    • , Yongshuo Ma
    • , Jianguo Zeng
    • , Lixin Duan
    • , Xiaofeng Xue
    • , Huaisong Wang
    • , Tao Lin
    • , Zhiqiang Liu
    • , Kewu Zeng
    • , Yang Zhong
    • , Shu Zhang
    • , Qun Hu
    • , Min Liu
    • , Huimin Zhang
    • , James Reed
    • , Tessa Moses
    • , Xinyan Liu
    • , Peng Huang
    • , Zhixing Qing
    • , Xiubin Liu
    • , Pengfei Tu
    • , Hanhui Kuang
    • , Zhonghua Zhang
    • , Anne Osbourn
    • , Dae-Kyun Ro
    • , Yi Shang
    •  & Sanwen Huang

Corrections

  • Erratum |

    • Xiangchao Gan
    • , Angela Hay
    • , Michiel Kwantes
    • , Georg Haberer
    • , Asis Hallab
    • , Raffaele Dello Ioio
    • , Hugo Hofhuis
    • , Bjorn Pieper
    • , Maria Cartolano
    • , Ulla Neumann
    • , Lachezar A. Nikolov
    • , Baoxing Song
    • , Mohsen Hajheidari
    • , Roman Briskine
    • , Evangelia Kougioumoutzi
    • , Daniela Vlad
    • , Suvi Broholm
    • , Jotun Hein
    • , Khalid Meksem
    • , David Lightfoot
    • , Kentaro K. Shimizu
    • , Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi
    • , Martha Imprialou
    • , David Kudrna
    • , Rod Wing
    • , Shusei Sato
    • , Peter Huijser
    • , Dmitry Filatov
    • , Klaus F. X. Mayer
    • , Richard Mott
    •  & Miltos Tsiantis