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Nitrogen metabolism meets phytopathology Fagard et al.

Nitrogen fertilizers, essential for plant growth, affect disease severity through an impact on both pathogen virulence and plant defense, linking plant N metabolism and disease infection processes

Signal interactions in the regulation of root nitrate uptake Ruffel, Gojon and Lejay

Besides nitrogen signalling, nitrate transport is regulated by carbon and hormones to integrate nitrogen acquisition with photosynthesis light and development. Hormone and carbon connections with N-related gene regulatory network are reviewed.

A network perspective on nitrogen metabolism from model to crop plants using integrated “omics” approaches Fukushima and Kusano

This review presents recent progress and applications of transcript and metabolite profiling for nitrogen studies. Time-series “omics” datasets are useful for constructing a stoichiometric metabolic model in future studies.

Roles of melatonin in abiotic stress resistance in plants Zhang et al.

Melatonin as a naturally synthesized molecule in plants takes part in regulation of stress resistance. The mechanisms of melatonin alleviating abiotic stresses are discussed

Regulation of amino acid metabolic enzymes and transporters in plants Pratelli and Pilot

This review focuses on the regulation at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels of the expression of the genes involved in amino acid metabolism and transport.

Nitrogen signalling in plant interactions with associative and endophytic diazotrophic bacteria Carvalho et al.

Plant N signaling regulates beneficial interaction with associative and endophytic diazotrophic bacteria

Nitrogen control of developmental phase transitions in Arabidopsis thaliana Vidal et al.

This review highlights and discusses the role of N nutrients in regulating specific developmental phase transitions of the plant life cycle.

Flower opening and closure: an update van Doorn and Kamdee

This review is an update of van Doorn and van Meeteren (2003).

Phosphate and zinc transport and signalling in plants: toward a better understanding of their homeostasis interaction Bouain et al.

The current knowledge of the regulation of the transport and signalling of Pi and Zn individually is reviewed, and then we provide insights for the recent progress made towards better understanding the Zn-Pi homeostasis interaction in plants.

HomoGalacturonan-Modifying Enzymes (HGMEs): structure, expression and roles in plants Senechal et al.

Modifications of pectins by various homogalacturonan-modifying enzymes (HGMEs), such as PME, PAE, PG, and PLL, are key elements of plant development and plant responses to biotic stresses

A detailed view on sulphur metabolism at the cellular and whole plant level illustrates challenges in metabolite flux analyses Rennenberg and Herschbach

In the present review, sulphur metabolism was taken to illustrate current challenges of metabolic flux analyses. At the cellular level, restrictions in metabolite flux analyses originate from incomplete knowledge of the compartmentation network of metabolic pathways. Metabolite flux analyses can be expanded to the whole plant level by considering long distance transport and, thus, the interaction of roots and the shoot in metabolite fluxes.

Alteration of plant physiology by glyphosate and its by-product aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA): a review Gomes et al.

We provide an overall picture of alterations of plant physiology caused by environmental exposure to glyphosate and its metabolite AMPA, and summarizes their effects on several physiological processes, with a special emphasis on photosynthesis, from photochemical events to carbon assimilation and translocation, and oxidative stress in plants.


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GM CROPS: from basic research to application




Advance Access: Review papers

There is more than one way to skin a fruit: formation and functions of fruit cuticles LBB Martin and JKC Rose

This review highlights the increasing importance of fruits as model experimental systems to explore the diversity of cuticle composition, architecture, and functions

Role of plant hormones and their interplay in development and ripening of fleshy fruits Kumar, Khurana and Sharma

The interplay of various hormones and growth regulators such as ethylene, auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins, abscisic acid, brassinosteroids, jasmonic acid, polyamines, salicylic acid, and nitric oxide is required during fruit development and ripening

The long goodbye: the rise and fall of flavodoxin during plant evolution Karlusich, Lodeyro and Carrillo

Emergence of a new step towards understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying nitrate-regulated gene expression Konishi and Yanagisawa

Overview of a regulatory mechanism that includes NLP (NIN-like protein) transcription factors and NLP-interacting DNA sequences (nitrate-responsive cis-elements) and produces nitrate-responsive transcriptional activation

Finding a nitrogen niche: a systems integration of local and systemic nitrogen signalling in plants Li et al.

Plants developed signalling networks for long-distance communication to adapt the root response to nutrient availability. Genes and mobile signals composing this network are reviewed in the post-genomic era.

The Primary Nitrate Response: a multifaceted signalling pathway Medici and Krouk

Despite the fact that Primary Nitrate Response (PNR) regulators have been identified using common anchor genes, we show that PNR is a multifaceted signalling pathway. A genomic landscape of CHL1/NRT1.1 and NLP7 influences is proposed.

Can current crop models be used in the phenotyping era for predicting the genetic variability of yield of plants subjected to drought or high temperature? Parent and Tardieu

To what extent can current crop models simulate yield for various genotypes, sites, and years, thereby indicating where and when a given combination of alleles confers a positive effect?

Movers and shakers in the regulation of fruit ripening: a cross-dissection of climacteric versus non-climacteric fruit Cherian, Figueroa and Nair

The most recent research findings concerning the genetic and molecular aspects of fleshy fruit ripening are discussed as well as some of the important findings related to epigenome modifications and their regulatory mechanisms in fleshy fruit development and ripening

The plant RWP-RK transcription factors: nitrogeNINg the cell Chardin et al.

Little was known hitherto on the RWP-RK family of plant transcription factors. Recent reports have unveiled some of their roles and we review here their organization, structure and known functions.

Linking chlorophyll-a fluorescence to photosynthesis for remote sensing applications: mechanisms and challenges Porcar-Castell et al.

We revisit the theory connecting chlorophyll-a fluorescence to photosynthesis in the spatiotemporal context of remote sensing. Physical, physiological and methodological factors are discussed and a roadmap to future research presented

Water shortage and quality of fleshy fruits - making the most of the unavoidable Ripoll et al.

The potential benefits of water deficit on fruit quality, trade-offs among productivity, defence and quality and plant and fruit monitoring using non-destructive methods are reviewed


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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

NEW! Interested in flowering research? we invite you to subscribe to Flowering Highlights, a new development of the Flowering Newsletter. With Flowering Highlights we hope to bring you interesting news, papers, reports, and updates in all aspects of flowering research

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 mutation

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Special issue: C4 and CAM Photosynthesis in the New Millenium
Edited by Rowan Sage

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SEB Meeting @ Manchester (UK) 2014

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.

We are sponsoring the following sessions and will publish a Special Issue in 2015:

  • Plant Nuclear Envelope, Nuclear Structure & Nucleoskeleton. Organised by K Graumann
  • Roots for Global Food Security -A tribute to Bill Davies. Organised by M Bennett & M Gilford
  • Mechanisms of Plant-Insect Interactions. Organised by J Hancock, S Hogenhout, & C Foyer
  • The Hows & Whys of Protein-Membrane Interactions in Plants. Organised by P Hemsley
  • Optimising Photosynthesis in Fluctuating Environments. Organised by G Johnson, E Murchie, T Lawson & C Raines

For more information please go to SEB 2014 Annual Meeting

SEB 2014