Plant cell biology

Plant cell biology is the study of all aspects of plant cells. It is particularly concerned with structure, growth, division, signalling, differentiation and death of plant cells.

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  • News & Views |

    Light-induced ‘speckles’, or photobodies, have been long known in plants, but the mechanistic basis of their formation along with their cellular function have remained a mystery. Answers to both questions have now been provided.

    • Peter H. Quail
    Nature Plants 7, 1326-1327
  • News & Views |

    Polarity cues direct tissue patterning by defining the cell division plane. Proteins containing the IQ67 calmodulin-binding domain govern cell division by establishing and maintaining cell polarity during cytokinesis.

    • Andrei Smertenko
    Nature Plants 7, 712-713
  • News & Views |

    The chloroplast-to-chromoplast transition, occurring when fruits such as tomato turn from green to red, is critical for plant development and is also important agronomically. Now we see a new route to alter the speed of this transition.

    • Hsou-min Li
    Nature Plants 7, 550-551
  • News & Views |

    Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2) is involved in lipid-mediated intracellular signalling and the regulation of events such as cytoskeletal reorganization and membrane trafficking. An inducible PI(4,5)P2 depletion system is now available for examining its function in plant cells.

    • Bo Liu
    •  & Xiaojiang Guo
    Nature Plants 7, 552-553
  • News & Views |

    Upon first exposure to light, plants initiate the synchronized biogenesis of chlorophyll and thylakoid membranes. Two new studies have revealed a molecular view of the light-dependent step of chlorophyll synthesis within the membranes of developing angiosperm chloroplasts.

    • Wojciech Wietrzynski
    •  & Benjamin D. Engel
    Nature Plants 7, 380-381