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Trends in Plant Science



ISSN: 1360-1385 (1878-4372)
Plant Sciences - Plant Science
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1360-1385 * * 29824479
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Zoe N. Lye, Michael D. Purugganan

Domesticated plants have long served as excellent models for studying evolution. Many genes and mutations underlying important domestication traits have been identified, and most causal mutations appear to be SNPs. Copy number variation (CNV) is an important source of genetic variation that has been largely neglected in studies of domestication. Ongoing work demonstrates the importance of CNVs as a source of genetic variation during domestication, and during the diversification of domesticated taxa. Here, we review how CNVs contribute to evolutionary processes underlying domestication, and review examples of domestication traits caused by CNVs. We draw from examples in plant species, but also highlight cases in animal systems that could illuminate the roles of CNVs in the domestication process.
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1360-1385 * * 29824480
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Amr R.A. Kataya, Douglas G. Muench, Greg B. Moorhead

Peroxisomes perform essential roles in a range of cellular processes, highlighted by lipid metabolism, reactive species detoxification, and response to a variety of stimuli. The ability of peroxisomes to grow, divide, respond to changing cellular needs, interact with other organelles, and adjust their proteome as required, suggest that, like other organelles, their specialized roles are highly regulated. Similar to most other cellular processes, there is an emerging role for protein phosphorylation to regulate these events. In this review, we establish a knowledge framework of key players that control protein phosphorylation events in the plant peroxisome (i.e., the protein kinases and phosphatases), and highlight a vastly expanded set of (phospho)substrates.
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1360-1385 * * 29824481
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Lisha Shen, Zhe Liang, Chui Eng Wong, Hao Yu

Over 160 distinct RNA modifications are known and collectively termed the epitranscriptome. Some of these modifications have been discovered in mRNA, uncovering a new layer of gene regulation. Transcriptome-wide mapping of epitranscriptomic codes and the discovery of their writers, erasers, and readers that dynamically install, remove, and interpret RNA modifications, respectively, are fundamental to understanding the epitranscriptome. Recent technologies have enabled the transcriptome-wide profiling of several mRNA modifications in Arabidopsis thaliana, providing key insights into regulating these modifications and their effects on plant development. Here we review technological innovations and recent progress in epitranscriptomics, with specific focus on N
6-methyladenosine (m6A), 5-methylcytosine (m5C), uridylation, and their roles in multiple aspects of plant development.
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1360-1385 * * 29824482
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Evgenios Agathokleous, Mitsutoshi Kitao, Edward J. Calabrese

The field of dose–response has received attention from the early modern period in the history of science. While it was thought that linear dose–response is the rule of thumb, significant efforts revealed that biphasic dose–response commonly occurs when the experimental design permits its detection. This phenomenon is called hormesis and suggests that a basal stress level is needed for optimum health. Extensive evidence has accumulated showing the occurrence of hormesis in numerous plant species and the induction of adaptive responses by low stress doses that precondition plants for a following massive environmental challenge. However, the ecological consequences of low-level stress remain underexplored. In this Opinion article, we propose that hormesis can provide a compelling platform for sophisticated, next-generation plant science.
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1360-1385 * * 29824483
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Wieland Fricke

Plants grow and transpire water during the day and night. Recent work highlights the idea that night-time transpirational water loss is a consequence of allowing respiratory CO2 to escape at sufficiently high rates through stomata. Respiration fuels night-time leaf expansion and requires carbohydrates produced during the day. As carbohydrate availability and growth are under the control of the plants’ internal clock, so is night-time transpiration. The cost of night-time transpiration is that water is lost without carbon being gained, the benefit is a higher efficiency of taken up water for use in leaf expansion. This could provide a stress acclimation process.
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1360-1385 * * 29824484
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Seung Y. Rhee, Kenneth D. Birnbaum, David W. Ehrhardt

Enormous societal challenges, such as feeding and providing energy for a growing population in a dramatically changing climate, necessitate technological advances in plant science. Plant cells are fundamental organizational units that mediate the production, transport, and storage of our primary food sources, and they sequester a significant proportion of the world’s carbon. New technologies allow comprehensive descriptions of cells that could accelerate research across fields of plant science. Complementary to the efforts towards understanding the cellular diversity in human brain and immune systems, a Plant Cell Atlas (PCA) that maps molecular machineries to cellular and subcellular domains, follows their dynamic movements, and describes their interactions would accelerate discovery in plant science and help to solve imminent societal problems.
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1360-1385 * * 29824485
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Haixiang Yu, Hanbin Bao, Zhongming Zhang, Yangrong Cao

Plant innate immunity plays an important role in regulating symbiotic associations with rhizobia, including during rhizobial infection, rhizobial colonization, and bacteroid differentiation in leguminous plants. Here we propose that an immune signaling pathway similar to plant pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) is required for the regulation of bacteroid differentiation in Medicago truncatula nodules.
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1360-1385 * * 29824486
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Rodrigo Vargas, Josep Barba

Tree stems exchange carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide with the atmosphere. The biophysical mechanisms controlling these fluxes are not fully understood, and consequently are not included in process-based models. We highlight advances and opportunities that will allow quantification of the role of these plant structures in the local-to-global balance of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
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1360-1385 * * 29824487
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Muhammad Zuhaib Khan, Syed Shan-e-Ali Zaidi, Imran Amin, Shahid Mansoor

Precision crop breeding, using genome editing tools such as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) systems to improve useful traits in crop plants, holds great potential for the future of agriculture. Using CRISPR-Cas9, recent studies have engineered domestication traits in wild-relative species of tomato crop for higher nutritive value and better adaptation to diverse stresses.
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1360-1385 * * 29824488
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Peter Richter, Sebastian M. Strauch, Michael Lebert

In a recent publication, Edelmann (Protoplasma 2018; 255,1877–1881) refuted the well-established starch-amyloplast hypothesis of gravitropism in plants. Gravitropic curvatures of shoots and roots were still present after amyloplast-containing tissues (in sheath of vascular bundles and root caps) were dissected. Here, we discuss Edelmann’s data in the light of Popper’s falsification principle.
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1360-1385 * * 29824489
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
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1360-1385 * * 29824490
Publication date: April 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 4
Author(s): Frances C. Sussmilch, Jörg Schultz, Rainer Hedrich, M. Rob G. Roelfsema

In vascular plants, stomata balance two opposing functions: they open to facilitate CO2 uptake and close to prevent excessive water loss. Here, we discuss the evolution of three major signalling pathways that are known to control stomatal movements in angiosperms in response to light, CO2, and abscisic acid (ABA). We examine the evolutionary origins of key signalling genes involved in these pathways, and compare their expression patterns between an angiosperm and moss. We propose that variation in stomatal sensitivity to stimuli between plant groups are rooted in differences in: (i) gene presence/absence, (ii) specificity of gene spatial expression pattern, and (iii) protein characteristics and functional interactions.
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1360-1385 * * 29824491
Publication date: Available online 22 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Gerrit T.S. Beemster

Developing a mechanistic understanding of plant growth regulation requires studying cell division and cell expansion in addition to molecular studies. A recent time-lapse confocal microscopy study (Fox, S. et al. PLoS Biol. 2018:16;e2005952) quantifying these processes in individual cells in growing organs in combination with multiscale modeling provides profound new insights into the regulatory mechanisms involved.
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1360-1385 * * 29824492
Publication date: Available online 22 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Edwin R. Lampugnani, Eduardo Flores-Sandoval, Qiao Wen Tan, Marek Mutwil, John L. Bowman, Staffan Persson

Cellulose is an essential morphogenic polysaccharide that is central to the stability of plant cell walls and provides an important raw material for a range of plant-based fiber and fuel industries. The past decade has seen a substantial rise in the identification of cellulose synthesis-related components and in our understanding of how these components function. Much of this research has been conducted in Arabidopsis thaliana (arabidopsis); however, it has become increasingly evident that many of the components and their functions are conserved. We provide here an overview of cellulose synthesis ‘core’ components. The evolution and coexpression patterns of these components provide important insight into how cellulose synthesis evolved and the potential for the components to work as functional units during cellulose production.
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1360-1385 * * 29824493
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Feng Zhu, Weiwei Wen, Alisdair R. Fernie

A recent study by Butelli et al. (Curr. Biol. 2019;29:158–164) has demonstrated that the linked traits of exceptionally low fruit acidity and the absence of anthocyanins in leaves and flowers and proanthocyanidins in seeds of the citrus are the result of mutations in the Noemi gene encoding a bHLH transcription factor.
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1360-1385 * * 29824494
Publication date: Available online 16 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Qing-Lin Chen, Hui-Ling Cui, Jian-Qiang Su, Josep Penuelas, Yong-Guan Zhu

Microorganisms associated with plants may alter the traits of the human microbiome important for human health, but this alteration has largely been overlooked. The plant microbiome is an interface between plants and the environment, and provides many ecosystem functions such as improving nutrient uptake and protecting against biotic and abiotic stress. The plant microbiome also represents a major pathway by which humans are exposed to microbes and genes consumed with food, such as pathogenic bacteria, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and antibiotic-resistance genes. In this review we highlight the main findings on the composition and function of the plant microbiome, and underline the potential of plant microbiomes in the dissemination of antibiotic resistance via food consumption or direct contact.
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1360-1385 * * 29824495
Publication date: Available online 15 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Sebastian J. Nintemann, Michael Palmgren, Rosa Laura López-Marqués

Lipid flippases are integral membrane proteins that use ATP hydrolysis to power the generation of phospholipid asymmetry between the two leaflets of biological membranes, a process essential for cell survival. Although the first report of a plant lipid flippase was published in 2000, progress in the field has been slow, partially due to the high level of redundancy in this gene family. However, recently an increasing number of reports have examined the physiological function of lipid flippases, mainly in Arabidopsis thaliana. In this review we aim to summarize recent findings on the physiological relevance of lipid flippases in plant adaptation to a changing environment and caution against misinterpretation of pleiotropic effects in genetic studies of flippases.
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1360-1385 * * 29824496
Publication date: Available online 9 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): David Granot, Gilor Kelly

Stomata are dynamic pores in the impermeable cuticle that coats the aerial parts of vascular plants, allowing the entry of CO2 for photosynthesis and controlling water loss. They are composed of two guard cells that can swell or shrink due to an increase or decrease in their osmotic pressure, respectively. Swelling opens the stomata and shrinking closes the stomata. For more than a century, scientists have been working to uncover the nature of the osmolytes that modulate osmotic pressure in guard cells. Recent discoveries have undermined long-standing theories in this area, reversing the understood roles of sugars and demonstrating the evolution of scientific theories. Here, we describe the evolution of guard-cell osmoregulation theories with an emphasis on the role of sugars.
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1360-1385 * * 29824497
Publication date: Available online 9 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Elaine Yeung, Julia Bailey-Serres, Rashmi Sasidharan

Increasing flooding events have detrimentally impacted food security amid a growing global population. Complete submergence of plants represents the most severe flooding stress and studies have identified underwater responses to low oxygen and light availability. However, knowledge on plant responses during the post-submergence phase is limited. It is important to consider how plants can resume vegetative growth after enduring submergence and post-submergence stress. This review highlights current knowledge on physiological and molecular adaptations following desubmergence. Interplays of reactive oxygen species (ROS), energy depletion, photoinhibition, desiccation stress, and hormonal signaling have been characterized as components of the post-submergence stress response. Active elucidation of key genes and traits enhancing post-submergence adaptations is highly relevant for the improvement of submergence tolerance and ultimately crop yield.
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1360-1385 * * 29824498
Publication date: Available online 7 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Claire Périlleux, Frédéric Bouché, Marie Randoux, Beata Orman-Ligeza

TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1) was named from knockout Arabidopsis thaliana mutants in which the inflorescence abnormally terminates into a flower. In wild type plants, the expression of TFL1 in the center of the inflorescence meristem represses the flower meristem identity genes LEAFY (LFY) and APETALA1 (AP1) to maintain indeterminacy. LFY and AP1 are activated by flowering signals that antagonize TFL1. Its characterization in numerous species revealed that the TFL1-mediated regulation of meristem fate has broader impacts on plant development than originally depicted in A. thaliana. By blocking floral transition, TFL1 genes participate in the control of juvenility, shoot growth pattern, inflorescence architecture, and the establishment of life history strategies. Here, we contextualize the role of the TFL1-mediated protection of meristem indeterminacy throughout plant development.
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1360-1385 * * 29824499
Publication date: Available online 6 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Saurabh Chaudhary, Ibtissam Jabre, Anireddy S.N. Reddy, Dorothee Staiger, Naeem H. Syed

Alternative splicing (AS) generates multiple transcripts from the same gene, however, AS contribution to proteome complexity remains elusive in plants. AS is prevalent under stress conditions in plants, but it is counterintuitive why plants would invest in protein synthesis under declining energy supply. We propose that plants employ AS not only to potentially increasing proteomic complexity, but also to buffer against the stress-responsive transcriptome to reduce the metabolic cost of translating all AS transcripts. To maximise efficiency under stress, plants may make fewer proteins with disordered domains via AS to diversify substrate specificity and maintain sufficient regulatory capacity. Furthermore, we suggest that chromatin state-dependent AS engenders short/long-term stress memory to mediate reproducible transcriptional response in the future.
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1360-1385 * * 29824500
Publication date: Available online 5 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Sara C. Pinto, Marta A. Mendes, Sílvia Coimbra, Matthew R. Tucker

The Arabidopsis thaliana ovule arises as a female reproductive organ composed solely of somatic diploid cells. Among them, one cell will acquire a unique identity and initiate female germline development. In this review we explore the complex network that facilitates differentiation of this single cell, and consider how it becomes committed to a distinct developmental program. We highlight recent progress towards understanding the role of intercellular communication, cell competency, and cell-cycle regulation in the ovule primordium, and we discuss the possibility that distinct pathways restrict germline development at different stages. Importantly, these recent findings suggest a renaissance in plant ovule research, restoring the female germline as an attractive model to study cell communication and cell fate establishment in multicellular organs.
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1360-1385 * * 29824501
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Hongwei Liu, Laura E. Brettell

The plant holobiont extends the plant’s capacity for nutrient acquisition and stress protection. Recent studies show that under biotic stress plants can promote the acquisition of certain beneficial bacteria to their rhizosphere. Active emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is a newly identified mechanism utilized by plants for this process.
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1360-1385 * * 29824502
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
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1360-1385 * * 29824503
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Dawei Ma, C. Peter Constabel

The phenylpropanoid pathway gives rise to lignin, flavonoids, and other metabolites and is regulated by MYB transcription factors. Many R2R3-MYB transcriptional activators are known, but the prevalence of MYB repressors has only recently become recognized. This review article summarizes recent progress on function and mechanism of these MYB repressors. The characterized phenylpropanoid R2R3-MYB repressors comprise two phylogenetic clades that act on the lignin and general phenylpropanoid genes, or the flavonoid genes, respectively; anthocyanin R3-MYB repressors form a separate clade. While some flavonoid MYBs repressors can bind basic-helix-loop-helix factors and disrupt the MBW complex, for the lignin repressor MYBs interactions with promoter cis-elements have been demonstrated. The role of the conserved repression motifs that define the MYB repressors is not yet known, however.
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1360-1385 * * 29824504
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Khanh Le Nguyen, Alexandre Grondin, Brigitte Courtois, Pascal Gantet

The identification and isolation of genes underlying quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with agronomic traits in crops have been recently accelerated thanks to next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based technologies combined with plant genetics. With NGS, various revisited genetic approaches, which benefited from higher marker density, have been elaborated. These approaches improved resolution in QTL position and assisted in determining functional causative variations in genes. Examples of QTLs/genes associated with agronomic traits in crops and identified using different strategies based on whole-genome sequencing (WGS)/whole-genome resequencing (WGR) or RNA-seq are presented and discussed in this review. More specifically, we summarize and illustrate how NGS boosted bulk-segregant analysis (BSA), expression profiling, and the construction of polymorphism databases to facilitate the detection of QTLs and causative genes.
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1360-1385 * * 29824505
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Jacob Pieter Rutten, Kirsten ten Tusscher

Computational models are invaluable tools for understanding the hormonal and genetic control of root development. Thus far, models have focused on the crucial roles that auxin transport and metabolism play in determining the auxin signaling gradient that controls the root meristem. Other hormones such as cytokinins, gibberellins, and ethylene have predominantly been considered as modulators of auxin dynamics, but their underlying patterning mechanisms are currently unresolved. In addition, the effects of cell- and tissue-level growth dynamics, which induce dilution and displacement of signaling molecules, have remained unexplored. Elucidating these additional mechanisms will be essential to unravel how root growth is patterned in a robust and self-organized manner. Models incorporating growth will thus be crucial in unraveling the underlying logic of root developmental decision making.
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1360-1385 * * 29824506
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Hakan Karan, Christiane Funk, Martin Grabert, Melanie Oey, Ben Hankamer

The rapid accumulation of plastic waste is driving international demand for renewable plastics with superior qualities (e.g., full biodegradability to CO2 without harmful byproducts), as part of an expanding circular bioeconomy. Higher plants, microalgae, and cyanobacteria can drive solar-driven processes for the production of feedstocks that can be used to produce a wide variety of biodegradable plastics, as well as bioplastic-based infrastructure that can act as a long-term carbon sink. The plastic types produced, their chemical synthesis, scaled-up biorefinery concepts (e.g., plant-based methane-to-bioplastic production and co-product streams), bioplastic properties, and uses are summarized, together with the current regulatory framework and the key barriers and opportunities.
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1360-1385 * * 29824507
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Francois F. Barbier, Elizabeth A. Dun, Stephanie C. Kerr, Tinashe G. Chabikwa, Christine A. Beveridge

Many new questions on the regulation of shoot branching have been raised in recent years, prompting a review and reassessment of the role of each signal involved. Sugars and their signaling networks have been attributed a major role in the early events of axillary bud outgrowth, whereas cytokinin appears to play a critical role in the modulation of this process in response to the environment. Perception of the recently discovered hormone strigolactone is now quite well understood, while the downstream targets remain largely unknown. Recent literature has highlighted that auxin export from a bud is important for its subsequent growth.
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1360-1385 * * 29824508
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Lam Dai Vu, Kris Gevaert, Ive De Smet

To draw the complete picture of plant thermal signaling, it is important to find the missing links between the temperature cue, the actual sensing, and the subsequent response. In this context, several plant thermosensors have been proposed. Here, we compare these with thermosensors in various other organisms, put them in the context of thermosensing in plants, and suggest a set of criteria to which a thermosensor must adhere. Finally, we propose that more emphasis should be given to structural analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteins in light of the activity of potential thermosensors.
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1360-1385 * * 29824509
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Heikki Hänninen, Koen Kramer, Karen Tanino, Rui Zhang, Jiasheng Wu, Yongshuo H. Fu

In boreal and temperate trees, air temperature is a major environmental factor regulating the timing of spring phenological events, such as vegetative bud burst, through underlying physiological processes. This has been established by experimental research, and mathematical process-based tree phenology models have been developed based on the results. The models have often been applied when assessing the effects of climate change. Currently, there is an increasing trend to develop process-based tree phenology models using only observational phenological records from natural conditions. We point out that this method runs a high risk of producing models that do not simulate the real physiological processes in the trees and discuss experimental designs facilitating the development of biologically realistic process-based models for tree spring phenology.
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1360-1385 * * 29824510
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Angela Sessitsch, Nikolaus Pfaffenbichler, Birgit Mitter

Plant microbiota are the subject of new product developments, primarily aimed at improving plant health, nutrition, and stress resilience. However, current application of microbials in the field faces multiple challenges and we propose that multiple aspects need to be considered, for example, understanding the complexity and ecological behaviour of natural microbiota.
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1360-1385 * * 29824511
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Gregor Ratzmann, Frederick C. Meinzer, Britta Tietjen

The iso/anisohydry concept characterizes plants according to their water status regulation. Coexisting definitions and misconceptions have recently led to considerable criticism. We discuss here reasons for the misconceptions, and propose a robust definition of iso/anisohydry using the leaf turgor loss point to integrate the complex interplay of plant hydraulic traits.
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1360-1385 * * 29824512
Publication date: March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science, Volume 24, Issue 3
Author(s): Wenyi Wang, Gad Galili

miRNAs act as negative modulators of target genes and play key roles in post-transcriptional gene regulation through sequence-specific mRNA cleavage and translational inhibition. Two recent reports highlight the orchestrated role of miRNA2111 and miRNA172b in plant innate immunity 1, 2 (Science 2018;362:233–236; Plant Cell 2018;30:2779–2794).
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1360-1385 * * 29824513
Publication date: Available online 26 February 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Santiago Signorelli, Łukasz Paweł Tarkowski, Wim Van den Ende, Diane C. Bassham

Autophagy is a process in which cellular components are delivered to lytic vacuoles to be recycled and has been demonstrated to promote abiotic/biotic stress tolerance. Here, we review how the responses triggered by stress conditions can affect autophagy and its signaling pathways. Besides the role of SNF-related kinase 1 (SnRK1) and TOR kinases in the regulation of autophagy, abscisic acid (ABA) and its signaling kinase SnRK2 have emerged as key players in the induction of autophagy under stress conditions. Furthermore, an interplay between reactive oxygen species (ROS) and autophagy is observed, ROS being able to induce autophagy and autophagy able to reduce ROS production. We also highlight the importance of osmotic adjustment for the successful performance of autophagy and discuss the potential role of GABA in plant survival and ethylene (ET)-induced autophagy.
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1360-1385 * * 29824514
Publication date: Available online 18 February 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Sergio Álvarez-Pérez, Bart Lievens, Tadashi Fukami

Beyond its role as a reward for pollinators, floral nectar also provides a habitat for specialized and opportunistic yeasts and bacteria. These microbes modify nectar chemistry, often altering mutualistic relationships between plants and pollinators in ways that we are only beginning to understand. Many studies on this multi-partite system have focused on either yeasts or bacteria without consideration of yeast–bacterium interactions, but recent evidence suggests that such interactions drive the assembly of nectar microbial communities and its consequences for pollination. Unexplored potential mechanisms of yeast–bacterium interactions include the formation of physical complexes, nutritional interactions, antibiosis, signaling-based interactions, and horizontal gene transfer. We argue that studying these mechanisms can elucidate how nectar microbial communities are established and affect plant fitness via pollinators.
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1360-1385 * * 30029978
Publication date: Available online 28 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): John F. Allen, Jon Nield, Norbert Krauß

True to its name, light-harvesting complex II (LHC II) harvests light energy for photosystem II (PS II). However, LHC II can stray, harvesting light energy for photosystem I (PS I) instead. Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) now shows how this mobile antenna becomes so attached to its new partner.
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1360-1385 * * 30029979
Publication date: Available online 26 March 2019

Source: Trends in Plant Science
Author(s): Bryan Delaney, Jan Hazebroek, Rod Herman, Daland Juberg, Nicholas P. Storer

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