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JXB aims to publish high quality manuscripts that provide substantial new insights of broad interest in plant biology. We welcome manuscripts that identify fundamental mechanisms including those underpinning the improvements of plant for the sustainable production of food, fuel, and renewable materials. Our emphasis is on molecular physiology, molecular genetics, and environmental physiology, and we also encourage integrative approaches employing cutting-edge technologies, systems biology, and synthetic biology.
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Systematic analysis of phloem-feeding insect induced transcriptional reprogramming in Arabidopsis highlights common features and reveals distinct responses to specialist and generalist insects Foyer, Verrall, Handcock
Analysis of Arabidopsis transcriptome responses to phloem feeding insects highlights the significance of cell wall-associated kinases in insect recognition and reveals differences in infestation strategies between specialist and generalist insects.
Multi-dimensional approaches for studying plant defence against insects: from ecology to omics and synthetic biology Barah and Bones
Technological advancements, current limitations and future directions for studying plant defence against insects for a wider scientific community.
Aphid salivary proteases are capable of degrading sieve tube proteins. Furch, van Bel, Will
Proteases in the saliva of Acyrthosiphon pisum and Macrosiphum euphorbiae are capable of degrading sieve-tube sap proteins. Potential impacts on plant defence and aphid nutrition are discussed.
The divining root: moisture-driven responses of roots at the micro-and macro-scale Robbins II and Dinneny
This review explores responses to water at various spatial scales within the root, focussing on responses generated in both drought and non-drought conditions, and provides additional discussion of potential mechanisms the root may use to sense local moisture
The role of early signalling events in plant-insect interactions Zebelo and Maffei
Update on recent developments and advances in plant early signaling in response to herbivory, with particular emphasis on the electrophysiological variations of the plasma membrane potential, calcium signaling, cation channel activity, the production of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, and the formation of a systemically moving signal from wounded tissues.
Photoprotection of photosystems in fluctuating light intensities Allahverdiyeva et al.
We describe evolutionarily different photoprotective mechanisms upon fluctuating light conditions, and discuss their contributions to cyanobacterial and plant photosynthesis.
Pivoting from Arabidopsis to wheat to understand how agricultural plants integrate responses to biotic stress Harris et al.
We argue for a research initiative on the integration of plant responses to agents of biotic stress, including pathogens, nematodes, and arthropods. Wheat is proposed as a study system.
The significance of water cotransport for sustaining transpirational water flow in plants: a quantitative approach Wieland Fricke
Based on the energy budget of a plant, the sustainability of a water cotransport mechanism supporting transpirational water loss and root exudation is questioned. The possibility of a water-driven ATP-synthase is raised
Special Issues 2015
ROOTS FOR GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY -A tribute to Bill Davies
PLANTS and BIOENERGY
Special Issues & Focus Collections 2014
Advance Access: Review papers
A comprehensive review of the topic, covering phytochemicals, vitamins, fibre, protein, free amino acids, sugars and oils, with a strong emphasis on the implications of changes in grain composition for nutritional value, the formation of processing contaminants and food safety.
Plant defence against aphids: the PAD4 signalling nexus Joe Louis and Jyoti Shah
Arabidopsis PHYTOALEXIN DEFICIENT4 (PAD4) is an important modulator in mediating defenses against green peach aphid. This review summarizes how PAD4 acts as a signaling hub to provide resistance to phloem-feeding aphids
The dynamics of host-microbe associations and their ecological and evolutionary implications in the context of plant-insect interactions are reviewed.
Time to flower: interplay between photoperiod and the circadian clock Johansson and Staiger
Photoperiodic flower induction in Arabidopsis relates to the classical concepts of external and internal coincidence and florigen/antiflorigen. Similarities and differences in crops highlight strategies to adapt to local environments
The CRISPR-Cas system for plant genome editing: advances and opportunities Vinay Kumar and Mukesh Jain
Current advances on the usage of CRISPR-Cas system in plant genome editing, providing insights into the novel methodology and future perspectives for its applications in plant research.
Sharka: how do plants respond to Plum pox virus infection? Clemente-Moreno, Hernandez and Diaz Vivancos
PPV infection affect many different metabolic pathways including photosynthesis, photorespiration and antioxidant metabolism, leading to changes at physiological and biochemical levels as well as in protein and gene expression
The hydroxyl radical in plants; from seed to seed Richards et al.
The hydroxyl radical is the most potent yet short-lived of the reactive oxygen species radicals. Here we review how OH may be generated in vivo, and how it plays a part in the life and death of a plant
Latest Press Release: Historical herbariums of the rare grass Sartidia are an unexpected source of genomic resources. These data shed light on the C3 to C4 photosynthesis transition in the sister lineage. Read the article: From museums to genomics: old herbarium specimens shed light on a C3 to C4 transition by Besnard et al.
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Food security: some issues impacting on future food availability. 'This volume provides a stimulating synopsis of many current thoughts and issues, largely beyond the limitations of industrial, patentable solutions'. ... 'As well as highlighting the variety of research work in food security, the volume does convey the importance of researchers and strategists working together.'D Skydmore. Full review
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SPECIAL ISSUE: INTEGRATED APPROCHES TO SUSTAIN AND IMPROVE CROP PRODUCTION UNDER DROUGHT STRESS
Two decades of InterDrought conferences: are we bridging the genotype-to-phenotype gap? Tuberosa, Turner and Cakir
SEB Meeting @Prague 2015
The 2015 Annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology will be hosted in the city of Prague. The meeting will take place in July 2015.
Plant Biology sessions:
Cell Biology sessions:
For more information please go to SEB 2015 Annual Meeting