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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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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
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
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
Plant-insect interactions under bacterial influence: ecological implications and underlying mechanisms Akiko Sugio et al.
The dynamics of host-microbe associations and their ecological and evolutionary implications in the context of plant-insect interactions are reviewed.
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.
The role of plant sensory perception in plant-animal interactions Mescher and De Moraes
Plants actively gather information about their environments via a range of sensory modalities and respond in ways that profoundly influence their interactions with other organisms
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
This review describes molecular mechanisms of the photosynthetic membrane that evolved to provide balanced and harmless light energy input into the photosynthetic apparatus enabling plant growth in various light environments.
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
Control of flowering by ambient temperature Capovilla, Schmid and Pose
This review summarizes recent findings on the molecular mechanisms underlying the floral transition in response to changes in ambient temperature, not only in Arabidopsis, but also in other plant species
This review looks at the molecular machinery and proteins that are required to make mitochondria in plants; from a direct construction point of view, to a definition of how the mitochondrion is built in terms of protein content, to the signals that affect the expression and/or activity of these components.
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
This review considers the crucial roles that space and time play in influencing the outcome of interactions between insects and plants
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
Environmental modulation of dynamic photosynthesis in fluctuating irradiance was reviewed using a mechanistic framework. Increased CO2 concentration and temperature facilitate more efficient dynamic photosynthesis, and low air humidity may decrease it
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.
In addition to AGO1, the four AGOs (AGO2, AGO5, AGO7 and AGO10) possess slicer activities in sRNA-mediated regulatory pathway in plants
Active water transport in unicellular algae: where, why and how John A Raven and Martina Doblim
Melatonin as a naturally synthesized molecule in plants takes part in regulation of stress resistance. The mechanisms of melatonin alleviating abiotic stresses are discussed
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.
Video talks from UK PlantSci 2014 meeting are available to watch now! Tim Benton, Peter Gregory, Lars Ostergaard, Sebastian Schornack, Cathie Martin, Tiina Sarkinen, Jonathan Napier, Simon McQueen-Mason, Peter Eastmond, Adam H Price, Liz Rylott and Jim Beynon on the Future of UK Plant Sciences including a panel discussion
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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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Flower opening and closure: an update van Doorn and Kamdee
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.
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