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On the regulation and function of secondary metabolism during fruit development and ripening Tohge, Alseekh and Fernie
Advances in tomato secondary metabolism focussing on the use of metabolomics strategies and where applicable the enabling of these strategies by their coupling to information resident in the tomato genome sequence.
Membrane trafficking and autophagy in pathogen-triggered cell death and immunity Teh and Hofius
We reviewed recent advances in the understanding of autophagic and membrane trafficking during plant immunity, as well as discussing emerging molecular links and functional interconnections
Selective protein degradation: a rheostat to modulate cell cycle phase transitions Genschik et al.
Current knowledge of the function of the ubiquitin proteasome system in the mitotic cycle, in endoreduplication and also meiosis in higher plants is reviewed.
It is time to make changes: modulation of root system architecture by nutrient signals Giehl, Gruber and von Wiren
Latest advances made in the identification of nutrient-sensitive steps in the modulation of root architectural traits. Using an in silico approach a set of genes that appear as candidates for the integration of nutrient signals into the root developmental program of Arabidopsis are described.
Spread the news: systemic dissemination and local impact of Ca2+ signals along the phloem pathway van Bel et al.
The impact of EPWs on the systemic distribution of Ca2+ influx and the inherent responses of diverse cell types along and at the termini of the phloem pathway.
The embryonic shoot: lifeline through winter van der Schoot, Paul & Rinne
The genetic & molecular processes that drive the cycle in synchrony with the seasons are largely elusive. The signals and signal conduits that are involved, the processes that are initiated, and the developmental transitions that ensue in a terminal bud are reviewed.
Long-distance call from phosphate: systemic regulation of phosphate starvation responses Lin et al.
Approaches used for studying systemic signaling and discuss recent progress and challenges in investigating the systemic signaling pathway that integrates Pi starvation responses to maintain Pi at physiological concentrations.
Understanding and manipulating sucrose phloem loading, unloading, metabolism, and signalling to enhance crop yield and food security Braun, Wang & Ruan
Current understanding of the control of carbon partitioning from the cellular to whole plant levels, focusing on the pathways employed for phloem loading in source leaves, the transporter proteins responsible for sugar efflux and influx across plasma membranes; and the key enzymes regulating sucrose metabolism, signaling, and utilization are discussed.
ROS homeostasis in halophytes in the context of salinity stress tolerance Bose, Rodrigo-Moreno & Shabala
Differences in ROS homeostasis between halophytes and glycophytes in an attempt to answer of whether stress-induced ROS production is similar between halophytes and glycophytes;
The angiosperm phloem sieve tube system: a role in mediating traits important to modern agriculture Ham & Lucas
Role played by the phloem as the conduit for delivery of both photosynthate and information macromolecules, especially from the context of its mediation in traits that are important to modern agriculture is discussed.
Cross-talk between ROS and polyamines in regulation of ion transport across plasma membrane: implications for plant adaptive responses Pottosin et al.
ROS and polyamines on plasma membrane ion channels and transporters
Vascularisation and nutrient delivery at root-knot nematode feeding sites in host roots Bartlem, Jones, and Hammes
Overview of current knowledge on vascularisation of root-knot nematode feeding sites and describe recent advances in our understanding of the transport mechanisms involved in nutrient delivery to these parasite-induced sinks.
Transcription factor-mediated cell-to-cell signalling in plants Han et al.
Recent key findings related to NCATFs involved in plant development, and an attempt to integrate the current understanding of the evolution of non-cell-autonomous pathways are described.
Chromatin meets cell cycle Raynaud et al.
The dynamics and functions of chromatin structures throughout cell cycle progression and the role of heterochromatin as a barrier against re-replication and endoreduplication are discussed. Itis proposed that core plant cell cycle regulators control gene expression in a manner similar to that described in mammals.
Variations on a theme - polycomb group proteins in plants M Derkacheva and L Hennig
This review contrasts conserved and plant-specific features of the PcG system to discuss composition, function and evolution of PRC1 and PRC2 complexes in plants and the mechanism of epigenetic inheritance in plant PcG protein function
Nuclear photorelocation movement T Higa, N Suetsugu, M Wada
This review summarizes nuclear movement and positioning in plant cells and discusses the relationship between nuclear photorelocation movement and chloroplast photorelocation movement.
Special Issues & Focus Collections 2014
Special Issues, Focus Collections & Reviews 2013
Advance Access: Review papers
Recent advances to define the role of RBR in cell proliferation and asymmetric cell division are discussed.
Expanding roles of the protein kinase CK2 in regulating plant growth and development JJ Mulekar and Enamul Huq
This review discusses various pathways that are regulated by CK2 in plants with a focus on light signalling and circadian clock.
Role of chromatin state changes in water stress responses in plants S-K Han and D Wagner
Roles of various mechanisms affecting chromatin organization in water stress responses, exploring the link between water stress perception and modulation of chromatin regulator activity are reviewed. Resource allocation to diverse survival programs by chromatin regulators as well as the role of chromatin in transient or long-term stress memory is also discussed.
The cell-cycle interactome: a source of growth regulators? Blomme, Inze & Gonzalez
We focused on the different physiological responses induced by K+ deprivation, their underlying molecular events and the present knowledge and hypotheses regarding the mechanisms responsible for K+ sensing and signalling.
This review describes long- and short-term effects mediated by HXK and FRK in various tissues, as well as the role of these enzymes in the coordination of sugar production with the absorption of light, CO2, water and minerals.
Molecular and hormonal control of grape berry development and ripening, with special emphasis on secondary metabolism and its response to the environment.
Molecular regulation of the diatom cell cycle Huysman, Vyverman & De Veylder
Structural peculiarities of diatom cell proliferation, the regulation of their major cell cycle checkpoints by environmental factors, and recent progress in molecular cell division research are discussed.
This paper examines the significance of the relation between QTL expression and crop management using the example of fruit load management, a common practice in the cultivation of many different annual and perennial species producing fruits.
Specification of floral organs in Arabidopsis F Wellmer, E Graciet and JL Riechmann
Recent progress of the molecular mechanisms underlying floral organ development and differentiation
Light perception and signalling by phytochrome A Casal, Candia & Sellaro
Updated and integral view of the mechanisms involved in light perception and signalling by phytochrome A.
ROS as key players in plant stress signalling Baxter, Mittler & Suzuki
Update on findings related to the temporal and spatial coordination between ROS and other signals that mediate stress responses in plants, especially SAA and SAR.
Auxin and the ubiquitin pathway. Two players - one target: the cell cycle in action JC del Pozo and C Manzano
The most recent advances on how auxin signalling connects to cell division and the role of the ubiquitin pathway in plant cell cycle are covered.
Polyamines and programmed cell death Moschou and Roubelakis-Angelakis
This review presents and compares advances in Polyamines-dependent PCD in animals and plants.
Interplay between cell growth and cell cycle in plants R Sablowski & MC Dornelas
Unraveling the coordination between cell cycle and cell growth will be essential for rational manipulation of plant growth and shape. The interactions between these processes, how these connections are modulated during plant development and how they relate to the genetic control of plant growth are discussed.
Recent advances in the elucidation of the functional role of endoreduplication in organ growth, especially those gained from tomato fruit organogenesis supporting the karyoplasmic ratio theory are presented.
This review outlines the problems with existing hybrid wheat breeding systems and explores molecular-based technologies that could improve the hybrid production system to reduce hybrid seed production costs, a pre-requisite for a commercial hybrid wheat system.
Glutamate signalling in roots Brian G Forde
Recent progress in elucidating the properties of plant GLR receptors and the current state of knowledge of Gluamate signalling role in roots.
Sodium in plants: perception, signalling and regulation of sodium fluxes Frans JM Maathuis
Overview of the regulatory and potential sensing mechanisms that pertain to Na+, in both the context of salt stress and Na+ as a nutrient.
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Video talks from UK PlantSci 2013 meeting are available to watch now! Watch Charles Godfray, David Baulcombe, Richard Bargett, Beverly Glover, Cath Kidner, Mikhail Semenov, Paul Birch, David Atkinson, Phill Smith, Anne Osterrieder, Mary Williams, Toby Pennington, Mark Watson, Gary Foster, Robert Edwards, Nigel Kerby
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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After thirty years working with the JXB as Tecnical Editor, Pam Rogers, has retired. We thank Pam for all her contribution and wish her a very happy retirement
Watch the UK PlantSci 2012 meeting Video talks: Sir J Beddington, J Hibberd, I Donison, A Smith, G Bryan, R Summers, B Davies, C Paton, G Oldroyd, N Ostle, C Mcclellan, P Wigge, S Kendall, P Borril, M Chase, J Hulsmans, R Mott, S Knapp, M Williams, G Page & C Knight
Press release March 13, 2012: Wheat Protein has Biotechnology Potential. Read the article: Characterization of the wheat gene encoding a grain-specific lipid transfer protein TdPR61, and promoter activity in wheat, barley and rice
GARNet 2011 Video Lectures in colaboration with JXB: David Baulcombe, Caroline Dean, Vincent Colot, Jong-Myong Kim, Matthew Jones, Malcolm Bennett, Katherine Denby, Jan Traas, John Runions, Richard Morris, Jiri Friml, Jesper Grønlund, and Claire Grierson
CBE for 'more crop per drop' scientist: JXB Former Associate Editor & Editor in Chief, Bill Davies, has been awarded a CBE for service to science
A plant's Eye View: researchers study the effects of shade avoidance in crops. Read the full article: A novel high throughput in vivo molecular screen for shade avoidance mutants identifies a novel phyA mutationSee More
Vol 64.17: PEPTIDE SIGNALLING
GOLVEN peptide signaling controls different developmental processes in the root A Fernandez, P Hilson & T Beeckman
The Society for Experimental Biology is pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual Main Meeting will be hosted in the city of Manchester, UK. The meeting will take place in July 2014.
Topics of the Plant Sessions will be posted here soon. For more information please go to SEB 2014 Annual Meeting