Plant Research (Biology and Medicine)

 

Structure of wheat immune protein resolved

Findings are an important tool in the battle for food security more

Post from Melbourne, Australia

Alban Mariette from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam is researching how plants construct their cell walls. He went to Australia as part of the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Program (MelPoPP). Here, he shares details of his experiences during the lockdown period and about his work-life balance as a PhD student. more

Molecules boosting plant immunity identified

Different EDS1 sub-complexes recognize particular TIR-produced molecules and promote immune responses more

Biosynthesis of strychnine elucidated

Researchers from Jena show how the poison nut tree forms strychnine more

Resin secreted by a damaged conifer.

Researchers develop a highly sensitive novel technique capable of detecting chiral molecules within complex gas mixtures more

Natural glue from mistletoe berries

A cellulose based material could be useful for medical applications such as wound sealant more

A stiff polymer called lignin (stained red) is deposited in a precise pattern in the cell walls of exploding seed pods. Researchers identified three laccase enzymes required to form this lignin. No lignin forms in the cell wall (stained blue) when all three genes are knocked out by CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.

Researchers identify the genes controlling the mechanical structure of exploding seed pods more

Antagonistic interactions of plant defense compounds

Tobacco hornworms neutralize different defense mechanisms of tobacco plants after ingestion more

Hormonal teamplay in trees

In poplars, two plant hormones boost each other in defense against pathogenic fungi more

Fruit set of teosinte (left) compared to cultivated corn (right).

Researchers discover regulatory slide that controls the number of seeds more

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Biosynthesis of strychnine elucidated

Researchers from Jena show how the poison nut tree forms strychnine more

Resin secreted by a damaged conifer.

Researchers develop a highly sensitive novel technique capable of detecting chiral molecules within complex gas mixtures more

A stiff polymer called lignin (stained red) is deposited in a precise pattern in the cell walls of exploding seed pods. Researchers identified three laccase enzymes required to form this lignin. No lignin forms in the cell wall (stained blue) when all three genes are knocked out by CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.

Researchers identify the genes controlling the mechanical structure of exploding seed pods more

Fruit set of teosinte (left) compared to cultivated corn (right).

Researchers discover regulatory slide that controls the number of seeds more

Potato genome decoded

The complete sequencing of the genetic material facilitates the breeding of new varieties more

Balanced nutrition supply reduces water uptake in plants

Nitrogen may boost plant productivity, but the imbalance with phosphor reduces water use efficiency. more

Chloroplasts on the move

How different plants can share their genetic material with each other more

Dodder uses the flowering signal of its host plant to flower

The plant parasite eavesdrops on its host and uses the host’s mobile floral stimulus for timing its own flowering more

Fungal pathogen disables plant defense mechanism

The white mold fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum detoxifies the mustard oil bomb in plants of the cabbage family more

Self-restrained genes enable evolutionary novelty

Evolution can promote novelty by keeping gene expression in check more

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Detlef Weigel

An interview with Detlef Weigel about his discovery that cells prevent particularly important genes from mutating more

“The only things you want to conserve are the things you know”

Jana Wäldchen has played a key role in developing the plant identification app, Flora Incognita. We discussed with her how being able to identify different plants contributes to species diversity, which plant species are particularly under threat and how non-native species are suppressing local plants more

Life on the edge prepares plants for climate change

Genetic variability supports plant survival during droughts more

Unique wheat discovery in Bronze Age lunch box

Container found in the Swiss Alps leads researchers to new analysis method more

A parasite involved in the plant alarm system

Host plants communicate warning signals through a parasite network, when insects attack more

Symbiotic bacteria: from hitchhiker to beetle bodyguard

Bacterial symbionts transition between plant pathogenicity and insect defensive mutualism more

Bergamotene—alluring and lethal for <em>Manduca sexta</em>

The volatile compound bergamotene increases the moths’ pollination success and protects tobacco leaves against their voracious offspring more

Enhancing leaf shape diversity

A small piece of DNA with a large effect on leaf shape more

Not without my microbiome

When nodule bacteria supply plants with atmospheric nitrogen, characteristic microbial communities that drive plant growth become established in the root. more

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Synthetic Chloroplast Production using a Microfluidic platform

Cell-sized droplets equipped with natural and synthetic parts are able to perform photosynthesis. In the future, they could serve as bioreactors for the sustainable, light driven fixation of CO2 into value-added compounds. more

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