Volume 3 Issue 8 August 2017

Volume 3 Issue 8

Orange order

The orange carotenoid protein (OCP) is a modular photoactive protein governing cyanobacterial photoprotection. Comparing a newly discovered family of OCP with the canonical form provides insight into the fine-tuning of antenna energy quenching, which will help in the engineering of ‘smart’ cyanobacterial photoprotection.

See Nature Plants 3, 17089 (2017).

Image: H. Bao, M. Sutter, B. Pattanaik, B. Montgomery & C. Kerfeld Cover Design: L. Heslop

Editorial

  • Editorial |

    Fire has always been one of the more dramatic routes by which humanity and the plant kingdom interact. Forest management practices, urban planning and global warming are conspiring to make the relationship ever more destructive.

Research Highlights

News & Views

  • News and Views |

    Understanding the impacts of government interventions intended to support rural development — such as strengthening land rights or boosting commercial agriculture — is crucial for designing better policies. Two recent studies highlight some of the complexities in measuring outcomes for people and forests.

    • Ben Phalan
    •  & Reem Hajjar
  • News and Views |

    The evolutionary relationships between extinct species are almost exclusively based on the shape and structure of their fossil specimens. Now, a spectroscopic technique that records a ‘chemical fingerprint’ of fossil plant cuticles is being used to re-interpret the histories of thousands of specimens languishing in museum collections.

    • Jennifer C. McElwain
  • News and Views |

    For multicellular organisms, long-distance communication is essential for coordination of organ growth and development. In higher plants, a dual root-to-shoot cytokinin signalling system plays a key role in adapting the growth of distant shoot organs to fluctuating environments.

    • Jean-Michel Davière
    •  & Patrick Achard

Reviews

  • 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
  • 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

Research

  • Article |

    Increasing the accuracy of crop productivity estimates is key to ensuring global food security. This Article develops temperature response functions that reduce error in grain yield by 19% to 50%.

    • 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 |

    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
  • Article |

    PILS are emerging auxin transporters that can modulate the intracellular auxin distribution in Arabidopsis. The authors now link these proteins to a developmental process, the apical hook opening in response to light, and to phytochrome signalling.

    • Chloé Béziat
    • , Elke Barbez
    • , Mugurel I. Feraru
    • , Doris Lucyshyn
    •  & Jürgen Kleine-Vehn
  • Article |

    Orange carotenoid proteins are involved in photoprotection in cyanobacteria. In this Article, a new family of orange carotenoid proteins are identified and characterized, combining phylogenetic analysis, biochemistry, spectroscopy and structural studies.

    • Han Bao
    • , Matthew R. Melnicki
    • , Emily G. Pawlowski
    • , Markus Sutter
    • , Marco Agostoni
    • , Sigal Lechno-Yossef
    • , Fei Cai
    • , Beronda L. Montgomery
    •  & Cheryl A. Kerfeld

Corrections

  • 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
  • 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