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C4 and CAM Photosynthesis

Plant Photobiology

The Plant Cell Cycle/Chromatin & Epigenetics

Plant Vascular Trafficking

Oxidative Stress & Cell Death

Nutrient Sensing & Signalling

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JXB named one of the top 100 most influential journals in Biology and Medicine over the last 100 years (view full article at DBIO100)


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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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Melatonin in plants and other phototrophs - advances and gaps concerning the diversity of functions R Hardeland

Occurrence and functions of melatonin in phototrophs are discussed in relation to phytohormones, circadian rhythms and gaps of knowledge concerning binding sites, signal transduction and genes of melatonin metabolism.

Brachypodium: a promising hub between model species and cereals Girin et al.

Is Argonaute 1 the only effective slicer of small RNA-mediated regulation of gene expression in plants? Shao et al.

By analyzing HTS data, we raised the opinion that in addition to AGO1, the four AGOs (AGO2, AGO5, AGO7 and AGO10) possess slicer activities in sRNA-mediated regulatory pathway in plants.

Integration of phenotyping and genetic platforms for a better understanding of wheat performance under drought Lopes, Rebetzke and Reynolds

Precision phenotyping tools coupled with the use of managed well controlled environments is already showing impact through physiological breeding and will lead to better trait understanding and application in classical and molecular breeding

Active water transport in unicellular algae: where, why and how John A Raven and Martina Doblim

Plasmodesmata in integrated cell signalling: new insights from development and environmental signals and stresses Ross Sager and Jung-Youn Lee

This review attempts to integrate dynamic and spatiotemporal regulation of plasmodesmata with various cellular signaling processes involved in developmental, physiological, and environmental responses

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


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Advance Access: Review papers

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.

Molecular basis for jasmonate and ethylene signal interactions in Arabidopsis Ziqiang Zhu

Jasmonate and ethylene act synergistically in the regulation of plant defense but antagonistically in other aspects. Here we review the recent findings of the mechanisms for their dual interactions

Flower opening and closure: an update van Doorn and Kamdee

Flower opening and closure are regulated by internal factors affected by light and temperature. Recent data, including effects of transcription factors, hormones, and miRNA, are described and the effect of pollination on flower closure is discussed.This review is an update of van Doorn and Meeteren (2003)

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.

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

Metabolite flux analyses support our understanding of physiological processes. An integrating approach is required combining metabolite fluxes at different levels of complexity from cells via tissues and organs to the whole plant.

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

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

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

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.

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.


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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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Alteration of plant physiology by glyphosate and its by-product aminomethylphosphonic acid: an overview Gomes et al.

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

Regulation of flowering time by the miR156-mediated age pathway Jia-Wei Wang

The (r)evolution of gene regulatory networks controlling Arabidopsis plant reproduction: a two-decade history Pajoro et al.

Aquaporin-mediated increase in root hydraulic conductance is involved in silicon-induced improved root water uptake under osmotic stress in Sorghum bicolor L. Liu et al.

Synergism in the effect of prior jasmonic acid application on herbivore-induced volatile emission by Lima bean plants: transcription of a monoterpene synthase gene and volatile emission Menzel et al.

The Aux/IAA gene rum1 involved in seminal and lateral root formation controls vascular patterning in maize (Zea mays L.) primary roots Zhang et al.

Natural variation in photosynthetic capacity, growth, and yield in 64 field-grown wheat genotypes Driever et al.

Phosphate depletion modulates auxin transport in Triticum aestivum leading to altered root branching Talboys et al.

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SEB Meeting @ Prague 2015

The Society for Experimental Biology is pleased to announce that the 2015 Annual Main Meeting will be hosted in the city of Prague. The meeting will take place in July 2015.

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 2015 Annual Meeting

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