The Plant Journal

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Edited By: Christoph Benning

Impact Factor: 5.468

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 13/209 (Plant Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1365-313X

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The Plant Journal strives to publish outstanding scientific articles that provide novel mechanistic insights into important problems relevant to all areas of plant biology. To demonstrate that commitment, we provide free and immediate access to a set of Featured Articles. Authors of these Featured Articles will also be given a preferred choice to provide a cover for the respective issue. These articles have been chosen by the Editors of The Plant Journal as being representative of the quality research published in the journal. Our intent is to continuously update this site with links to papers that we feel embody the spirit of the journal. Papers covering the range of topics that we publish have been selected for the quality of science as well as potential broad appeal to our audience. We are very proud of the work that we publish and hope that you will become frequent visitors to this site. We also hope that you will have the opportunity to see your own work appear here in the future.

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Functional characterization of Arabidopsis phototropin 1 in the hypocotyl apex
Stuart Sullivan, Atsushi Takemiya, Eros Kharshiing, Catherine Cloix, Ken-ichiro Shimazaki and John M. Christie

Identification and characterization of the missing phosphatase on the riboflavin biosynthesis pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana
Na Sa, Renu Rawat, Chelsea Thornburg, Kevin D. Walker and Sanja Roje

AtRAD5A is a DNA translocase harboring a HIRAN domain which confers binding to branched DNA structures and is required for DNA repair in vivo
Daniela Kobbe, Andy Kahles, Maria Walter, Tobias Klemm, Anja Mannuss, Alexander Knoll, Manfred Focke and Holger Puchta

Rapid identification of lettuce seed germination mutants by bulked segregant analysis and whole genome sequencing
Heqiang Huo, Isabelle M. Henry, Eric R. Coppoolse, Miriam Verhoef-Post, Johan W. Schut, Han de Rooij, Aat Vogelaar, Ronny V.L. Joosen, Leo Woudenberg, Luca Comai and Kent J. Bradford

Molecular, genetic and evolutionary analysis of a paracentric inversion in Arabidopsis thaliana
Paul Fransz, Gabriella Linc, Cheng-Ruei Lee, Saulo Alves Aflitos, Jesse R. Lasky, Christopher Toomajian, Hoda Ali, Janny Peters, Peter van Dam, Xianwen Ji, Mateusz Kuzak, Tom Gerats, Ingo Schubert, Korbinian Schneeberger, Vincent Colot, Rob Martienssen, Maarten Koornneef, Magnus Nordborg, Thomas E. Juenger, Hans de Jong and Michael E. Schranz

The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor BIS2 is essential for monoterpenoid indole alkaloid production in the medicinal plant Catharanthus roseus
Alex Van Moerkercke, Priscille Steensma, Ivo Gariboldi, Javiera Espoz, Purin C. Purnama, Fabian Schweizer, Karel Miettinen, Robin Vanden Bossche, Rebecca De Clercq, Johan Memelink and Alain Goossens

The genome of black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Robert VanBuren, Doug Bryant, Jill M. Bushakra, Kelly J. Vining, Patrick P. Edger, Erik R. Rowley, Henry D. Priest, Todd P. Michael, Eric Lyons, Sergei A. Filichkin, Michael Dossett, Chad E. Finn, Nahla V. Bassil and Todd C. Mockler

Gene coexpression network analysis of oil biosynthesis in an interspecific backcross of oil palm
Chloé Guerin, Thierry Joët, Julien Serret, Philippe Lashermes, Virginie Vaissayre, Mawussé D. T. Agbessi, Thierry Beulé, Dany Severac, Philippe Amblard, James Tregear, Tristan Durand-Gasselin, Fabienne Morcillo and Stéphane Dussert

Rauvolfia serpentina N-methyltransferases involved in ajmaline and Nβ-methylajmaline biosynthesis belong to a gene family derived from γ-tocopherol C-methyltransferase
Paulo Cázares-Flores, Dylan Levac and Vincenzo De Luca

Aminooxy-naphthylpropionic acid and its derivatives are inhibitors of auxin biosynthesis targeting l-tryptophan aminotransferase: structure–activity relationships
Megumi Narukawa-Nara, Ayako Nakamura, Ko Kikuzato, Yusuke Kakei, Akiko Sato, Yuka Mitani, Yumiko Yamasaki-Kokudo, Takahiro Ishii, Ken-ichiro Hayashi, Tadao Asami, Takehiko Ogura, Shigeo Yoshida, Shozo Fujioka, Takashi Kamakura, Tsutomu Kawatsu, Masanori Tachikawa, Kazuo Soeno and Yukihisa Shimada

Solanum pennellii backcross inbred lines (BILs) link small genomic bins with tomato traits
Itai Ofner, Justin Lashbrooke, Tzili Pleban, Asaph Aharoni and Dani Zamir

Auxin-mediated lamina growth in tomato leaves is restricted by two parallel mechanisms
Hadas Ben-Gera, Asaf Dafna, John Paul Alvarez, Maya Bar, Mareike Mauerer and Naomi Ori

An essential role of caffeoyl shikimate esterase in monolignol biosynthesis in Medicago truncatula
Chan Man Ha, Luis Escamilla-Trevino, Juan Carlos Serrani Yarce, Hoon Kim, John Ralph, Fang Chen and Richard A. Dixon

Heartwood-specific transcriptome and metabolite signatures of tropical sandalwood (Santalum album) reveal the final step of (Z)-santalol fragrance biosynthesis
Jose M. Celedon, Angela Chiang, Macaire M.S. Yuen, Maria L. Diaz-Chavez, Lufiani L. Madilao, Patrick M. Finnegan, Elizabeth L. Barbour and Jörg Bohlmann

MOL1 is required for cambium homeostasis in Arabidopsis
Nial Rau Gursanscky, Virginie Jouannet, Karin Grünwald, Pablo Sanchez, Martina Laaber-Schwarz and Thomas Greb

Salivary proteins of spider mites suppress defenses in Nicotiana benthamiana and promote mite reproduction
Carlos A. Villarroel, Wim Jonckheere, Juan M. Alba, Joris J. Glas, Wannes Dermauw, Michel A. Haring, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Robert C. Schuurink and Merijn R. Kant

Characterization of type 2 diacylglycerol acyltransferases in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii reveals their distinct substrate specificities and functions in triacylglycerol biosynthesis
Jin Liu, Danxiang Han, Kangsup Yoon, Qiang Hu and Yantao Li

Twin anchors of the soybean isoflavonoid metabolon: evidence for tethering of the complex to the endoplasmic reticulum by IFS and C4H
Mehran Dastmalchi, Mark A. Bernards and Sangeeta Dhaubhadel

AAE13 encodes a dual-localized malonyl-CoA synthetase that is crucial for mitochondrial fatty acid biosynthesis
Xin Guan and Basil J. Nikolau

The Arabidopsis DELAY OF GERMINATION 1 gene affects ABSCISIC ACID INSENSITIVE 5 (ABI5) expression and genetically interacts with ABI3 during Arabidopsis seed development
Bas J.W. Dekkers, Hanzi He, Johannes Hanson, Leo A.J. Willems, Diaan C.L. Jamar, Gwendal Cueff, Loïc Rajjou, Henk W.M. Hilhorst and Leónie Bentsink

Allium telomeres unmasked: the unusual telomeric sequence (CTCGGTTATGGG)n is synthesized by telomerase
Petr Fajkus, Vratislav Peška, Zdeňka Sitová, Jana Fulnečková, Martina Dvořáčková, Roman Gogela, Eva Sýkorová, Jan Hapala and Jiří Fajkus

Spatial organization of cellulose microfibrils and matrix polysaccharides in primary plant cell walls as imaged by multichannel atomic force microscopy
Tian Zhang, Yunzhen Zheng and Daniel J. Cosgrove

Germostatin resistance locus 1 encodes a PHD finger protein involved in auxin-mediated seed dormancy and germination
Yajin Ye, Ziying Gong, Xiao Lu, Deyan Miao, Jianmin Shi, Juan Lu and Yang Zhao


Cucumber metal tolerance protein CsMTP9 is a plasma membrane H -coupled antiporter involved in the Mn2 and Cd2 efflux from root cells
Magdalena Migocka, Anna Papierniak, Anna Kosieradzka, Ewelina Posyniak, Ewa Maciaszczyk-Dziubinska, Robert Biskup, Arnold Garbiec and Tadeusz Marchewka

Arabidopsis thaliana isoprenyl diphosphate synthases produce the C25 intermediate geranylfarnesyl diphosphate
Raimund Nagel, Carolin Bernholz, Eva Vranová, Ján Košuth, Nick Bergau, Steve Ludwig, Ludger Wessjohann, Jonathan Gershenzon, Alain Tissier and Axel Schmidt

The Sec2 translocase of the chloroplast inner envelope contains a unique and dedicated SECE2 component
Yubing Li, Rajneesh Singhal, Isaiah W. Taylor, Patrick H. McMinn, Xien Yu Chua, Kenneth Cline and Donna E. Fernandez

Phosphorylation of CONSTANS and its COP1-dependent degradation during photoperiodic flowering of Arabidopsis
Liron Sarid-Krebs, Kishore C. S. Panigrahi, Fabio Fornara, Yasuyuki Takahashi, Ryosuke Hayama, Seonghoe Jang, Vicky Tilmes, Federico Valverde and George Coupland

Two forward genetic screens for vein density mutants in sorghum converge on a cytochrome P450 gene in the brassinosteroid pathway
Govinda Rizal, Vivek Thakur, Jacqueline Dionora, Shanta Karki, Samart Wanchana, Kelvin Acebron, Nikki Larazo, Richard Garcia, Abigail Mabilangan, Florencia Montecillo, Florence Danila, Reychelle Mogul, Paquito Pablico, Hei Leung, Jane A. Langdale, John Sheehy, Steven Kelly and William Paul Quick

Full-length de novo assembly of RNA-seq data in pea (Pisum sativum L.) provides a gene expression atlas and gives insights into root nodulation in this species
Susete Alves-Carvalho, Grégoire Aubert, Sébastien Carrère, Corinne Cruaud, Anne-Lise Brochot, Françoise Jacquin, Anthony Klein, Chantal Martin, Karen Boucherot, Jonathan Kreplak, Corinne da Silva, Sandra Moreau, Pascal Gamas, Patrick Wincker, Jérôme Gouzy and Judith Burstin

Identification of a flavin-containing S-oxygenating monooxygenase involved in alliin biosynthesis in garlic
Naoko Yoshimoto, Misato Onuma, Shinya Mizuno, Yuka Sugino, Ryo Nakabayashi, Shinsuke Imai, Tadamitsu Tsuneyoshi, Shin-ichiro Sumi and Kazuki Saito

Hetero-trans-β-glucanase, an enzyme unique to Equisetum plants, functionalizes cellulose
Thomas J. Simmons, Kyle E. Mohler, Claire Holland, Florence Goubet, Lenka Franková, Douglas R. Houston, Andrew D. Hudson, Frank Meulewaeter and Stephen C. Fry

Guard cell photosynthesis is critical for stomatal turgor production, yet does not directly mediate CO2- and ABA-induced stomatal closing
Tamar Azoulay-Shemer, Axxell Palomares, Andisheh Bagheri, Maria Israelsson-Nordstrom, Cawas B. Engineer, Bastiaan O. R. Bargmann, Aaron B. Stephan and Julian I. Schroeder

CCR1, an enzyme required for lignin biosynthesis in Arabidopsis, mediates cell proliferation exit for leaf development
Jingshi Xue, Dexian Luo, Deyang Xu, Minhuan Zeng, Xiaofeng Cui, Laigeng Li and Hai Huang

Improved white spruce (Picea glauca) genome assemblies and annotation of large gene families of conifer terpenoid and phenolic defense metabolism
René L. Warren, Christopher I. Keeling, Macaire Man Saint Yuen, Anthony Raymond, Greg A. Taylor, Benjamin P. Vandervalk, Hamid Mohamadi, Daniel Paulino, Readman Chiu, Shaun D. Jackman, Gordon Robertson, Chen Yang, Brian Boyle, Margarete Hoffmann, Detlef Weigel, David R. Nelson, Carol Ritland, Nathalie Isabel, Barry Jaquish, Alvin Yanchuk, Jean Bousquet, Steven J. M. Jones, John MacKay, Inanc Birol and Joerg Bohlmann

A two-component enzyme complex is required for dolichol biosynthesis in tomato
Megan I. Brasher, Liliana Surmacz, Bryan Leong, Jocelyn Pitcher, Ewa Swiezewska, Eran Pichersky and Tariq A. Akhtar

A land plant-specific thylakoid membrane protein contributes to photosystem II maintenance in Arabidopsis thaliana
Jun Liu and Robert L. Last

The glucosinolate breakdown product indole-3-carbinol acts as an auxin antagonist in roots of Arabidopsis thaliana
Ella Katz, Sophia Nisani, Brijesh S. Yadav, Melkamu G. Woldemariam, Ben Shai, Uri Obolski, Marcelo Ehrlich, Eilon Shani, Georg Jander and Daniel A. Chamovitz

SnRK1 from Arabidopsis thaliana is an atypical AMPK
Shane Emanuelle, Mohammed Iqbal Hossain, Isabel E. Moller, Henriette L. Pedersen, Allison M. L. van de Meene, Monika S. Doblin, Ann Koay, Jonathan S. Oakhill, John W. Scott, William G. T. Willats, Bruce E. Kemp, Antony Bacic, Paul R. Gooley and David I. Stapleton

Expression activation and functional analysis of HLA3, a putative inorganic carbon transporter in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Han Gao, Yingjun Wang, Xiaowen Fei, David A. Wright and Martin H. Spalding

Lateral suppressor and Goblet act in hierarchical order to regulate ectopic meristem formation at the base of tomato leaflets
Susanne Rossmann, Wouter Kohlen, Alice Hasson and Klaus Theres

A tonoplast Glu/Asp/GABA exchanger that affects tomato fruit amino acid composition
Christopher J. Snowden, Benjamin Thomas, Charles J. Baxter, J. Andrew C. Smith and Lee J. Sweetlove

The cytoplasmic localization of the catalytic site of CSLF6 supports a channeling model for the biosynthesis of mixed-linkage glucan
Sang-Jin Kim, Starla Zemelis, Kenneth Keegstra and Federica Brandizzi

TOND1 confers tolerance to nitrogen deficiency in rice
Yangjun Zhang, Lubin Tan, Zuofeng Zhu, Lixing Yuan, Daoxin Xie and Chuanqing Sun

CLUMSY VEIN, the Arabidopsis DEAH-box Prp16 ortholog, is required for auxin-mediated development
Ryuji Tsugeki, Nana Tanaka-Sato, Nozomi Maruyama, Shiho Terada, Mikiko Kojima, Hitoshi Sakakibara and Kiyotaka Okada

Rice SNF2 family helicase ENL1 is essential for syncytial endosperm development
Tomomi Hara, Hirokazu Katoh, Daisuke Ogawa, Yasuaki Kagaya, Yutaka Sato, Hidemi Kitano, Yasuo Nagato, Ryo Ishikawa, Akemi Ono, Tetsu Kinoshita, Shin Takeda and Tsukaho Hattori


Salinity tolerance in soybean is modulated by natural variation in GmSALT3
Rongxia Guan, Yue Qu, Yong Guo, Lili Yu, Ying Liu, Jinghan Jiang, Jiangang Chen, Yulong Ren, Guangyu Liu, Lei Tian, Longguo Jin, Zhangxiong Liu, Huilong Hong, Ruzhen Chang, Matthew Gilliham and Lijuan Qiu

High lipid order of Arabidopsis cell-plate membranes mediated by sterol and DYNAMIN-RELATED PROTEIN1A function
Márcia Frescatada-Rosa, Thomas Stanislas, Steven K. Backues, Ilka Reichardt, Shuzhen Men, Yohann Boutté, Gerd Jürgens, Thomas Moritz, Sebastian Y. Bednarek and Markus Grebe

The cell wall-targeted purple acid phosphatase AtPAP25 is critical for acclimation of Arabidopsis thaliana to nutritional phosphorus deprivation
Hernan A. Del Vecchio, Sheng Ying, Joonho Park, Vicki L. Knowles, Satomi Kanno, Keitaro Tanoi, Yi-Min She and William C. Plaxton

Unexpected roles for ancient proteins: flavone 8-hydroxylase in sweet basil trichomes is a Rieske-type, PAO-family oxygenase
Anna Berim, Jeong-Jin Park and David R. Gang

Arabidopsis thaliana IRX10 and two related proteins from psyllium and Physcomitrella patens are xylan xylosyltransferases
Jacob Krüger Jensen, Nathan Robert Johnson and Curtis Gene Wilkerson

Two Arabidopsis proteins synthesize acetylated xylan in vitro
Breeanna R. Urbanowicz, Maria J. Peña, Heather A. Moniz, Kelley W. Moremen and William S. York

Systems approach identifies TGA1 and TGA4 transcription factors as important regulatory components of the nitrate response of Arabidopsis thaliana roots
José M. Alvarez, Eleodoro Riveras, Elena A. Vidal, Diana E. Gras, Orlando Contreras-López, Karem P. Tamayo, Felipe Aceituno, Isabel Gómez, Sandrine Ruffel, Laurence Lejay, Xavier Jordana and Rodrigo A. Gutiérrez

Suppression among alleles encoding nucleotide-binding–leucine-rich repeat resistance proteins interferes with resistance in F1 hybrid and allele-pyramided wheat plants
Daniel Stirnweis, Samira D. Milani, Susanne Brunner, Gerhard Herren, Gabriele Buchmann, David Peditto, Tina Jordan and Beat Keller

Cloning of the Arabidopsis rwm1 gene for resistance to Watermelon mosaic virus points to a new function for natural virus resistance genes
Laurence Ouibrahim, Marianne Mazier, Joan Estevan, Gaëlle Pagny, Véronique Decroocq, Cécile Desbiez, André Moretti, Jean-Luc Gallois and Carole Caranta

Genome diversity in Brachypodium distachyon: deep sequencing of highly diverse inbred lines
Sean P. Gordon, Henry Priest, David L. Des Marais, Wendy Schackwitz, Melania Figueroa, Joel Martin, Jennifer N. Bragg, Ludmila Tyler, Cheng-Ruei Lee, Doug Bryant, Wenqin Wang, Joachim Messing, Antonio J. Manzaneda, Kerrie Barry, David F. Garvin, Hikmet Budak, Metin Tuna, Thomas Mitchell-Olds, William F. Pfender, Thomas E. Juenger, Todd C. Mockler and John P. Vogel

RNA-directed DNA methylation requires stepwise binding of silencing factors to long non-coding RNA
Gudrun Böhmdorfer, M. Jordan Rowley, Jan Kuciński, Yongyou Zhu, Ivan Amies and Andrzej T. Wierzbicki

β-Carboxysomal proteins assemble into highly organized structures in Nicotiana chloroplasts
Myat T. Lin, Alessandro Occhialini, P. John Andralojc, Jean Devonshire, Kevin M. Hines, Martin A. J. Parry and Maureen R. Hanson

The AAT1 locus is critical for the biosynthesis of esters contributing to ‘ripe apple’ flavour in ‘Royal Gala’ and ‘Granny Smith’ apples
Edwige J. F. Souleyre, David Chagné, Xiuyin Chen, Sumathi Tomes, Rebecca M. Turner, Mindy Y. Wang, Ratnasiri Maddumage, Martin B. Hunt, Robert A. Winz, Claudia Wiedow, Cyril Hamiaux, Susan E. Gardiner, Daryl D. Rowan and Ross G. Atkinson

Recognition of floral homeotic MADS domain transcription factors by a phytoplasmal effector, phyllogen, induces phyllody
Kensaku Maejima, Ryo Iwai, Misako Himeno, Ken Komatsu, Yugo Kitazawa, Naoko Fujita, Kazuya Ishikawa, Misato Fukuoka, Nami Minato, Yasuyuki Yamaji, Kenro Oshima and Shigetou Namba

Overexpression of the cytosolic cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase (CKX7) from Arabidopsis causes specific changes in root growth and xylem differentiation
Ireen Köllmer, Ondřej Novák, Miroslav Strnad, Thomas Schmülling and Tomáš Werner

Consequences of state transitions on the structural and functional organization of Photosystem I in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Bartlomiej Drop, Sathish Yadav K.N., Egbert J. Boekema and Roberta Croce

Cardamine hirsuta: a versatile genetic system for comparative studies
Angela S. Hay, Bjorn Pieper, Elizabeth Cooke, Terezie Mandáková, Maria Cartolano, Alexander D. Tattersall, Raffaele D. Ioio, Simon J. McGowan, Michalis Barkoulas, Carla Galinha, Madlen I. Rast, Hugo Hofhuis, Christiane Then, Jörg Plieske, Martin Ganal, Richard Mott, Jaime F. Martinez-Garcia, Mark A. Carine, Robert W. Scotland, Xiangchao Gan, Dmitry A. Filatov, Martin A. Lysak and Miltos Tsiantis

An integrated analysis of plant and bacterial gene expression in symbiotic root nodules using laser-capture microdissection coupled to RNA sequencing
Brice Roux, Nathalie Rodde, Marie-Françoise Jardinaud, Ton Timmers, Laurent Sauviac, Ludovic Cottret, Sébastien Carrère, Erika Sallet, Emmanuel Courcelle, Sandra Moreau, Frédéric Debellé, Delphine Capela, Fernanda de Carvalho-Niebel, Jérôme Gouzy, Claude Bruand and Pascal Gamas

Tomato Cutin Deficient 1 (CD1) and putative orthologs comprise an ancient family of cutin synthase-like (CUS) proteins that are conserved among land plants
Trevor H. Yeats, Wenlin Huang, Subhasish Chatterjee, Hélène M-F. Viart, Mads H. Clausen, Ruth E. Stark and Jocelyn K.C. Rose

Trafficking of the myrosinase-associated protein GLL23 requires NUC/MVP1/GOLD36/ERMO3 and the p24 protein CYB
Sylwia Jancowski, Amanda Catching, Jamie Pighin, Takamasa Kudo, Ilse Foissner and Geoffrey O. Wasteneys

Stable transformation and reverse genetic analysis of Penium margaritaceum: a platform for studies of charophyte green algae, the immediate ancestors of land plants
Iben Sørensen, Zhangjun Fei, Amanda Andreas, William G. T. Willats, David S. Domozych and Jocelyn K. C. Rose

Short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase catalyzing the final step of noscapine biosynthesis is localized to laticifers in opium poppy
Xue Chen and Peter J. Facchini

AGAMOUS-LIKE13, a putative ancestor for the E functional genes, specifies male and female gametophyte morphogenesis
Wei-Han Hsu, Tsung-Jen Yeh, Kai-Yu Huang, Jen-Ying Li, Hsing-Yu Chen and Chang-Hsien Yang

Plant mating systems affect adaptive plasticity in response to herbivory
Stuart A. Campbell, Rayko Halitschke, Jennifer S. Thaler, and André Kessler


Transcriptomes of isolated Oryza sativa gametes characterized by deep sequencing: evidence for distinct sex-dependent chromatin and epigenetic states before fertilization
Sarah N. Anderson, Cameron S. Johnson, Daniel S. Jones, Liza J. Conrad, Xiaoping Gou, Scott D. Russell and Venkatesan Sundaresan

Conservation of fruit dehiscence pathways between Lepidium campestre and Arabidopsis thaliana sheds light on the regulation of INDEHISCENT
Teresa Lenser and Günter Theißen

Visualization of plant cell wall lignification using fluorescence-tagged monolignols
Yuki Tobimatsu, Armin Wagner, Lloyd Donaldson, Prajakta Mitra, Claudiu Niculaes, Oana Dima, Jeong Im Kim, Nickolas Anderson, Dominique Loque, Wout Boerjan, Clint Chapple and John Ralph

Three distinct mutational mechanisms acting on a single gene underpin the origin of yellow flesh in peach
Rachele Falchi, Elisa Vendramin, Laura Zanon, Simone Scalabrin, Guido Cipriani, Ignazio Verde, Giannina Vizzotto and Michele Morgante

Carlactone-independent seedling morphogenesis in Arabidopsis
Adrian Scaffidi, Mark T. Waters, Emilio L. Ghisalberti, Kingsley W. Dixon, Gavin R. Flematti and Steven M. Smith

The widespread plant-colonizing bacterial species Pseudomonas syringae detects and exploits an extracellular pool of choline in hosts
Chiliang Chen, Shanshan Li, Dana R. McKeever and Gwyn A. Beattie

A tandem Kunitz protease inhibitor (KPI106)–serine carboxypeptidase (SCP1) controls mycorrhiza establishment and arbuscule development in Medicago truncatula
Stefanie S. Rech, Sven Heidt and Natalia Requena

A subcellular tug of war involving three MYB-like proteins underlies a molecular antagonism in Antirrhinum flower asymmetry
João Raimundo, Rómulo Sobral, Paul Bailey, Herlânder Azevedo, Lisete Galego, Jorge Almeida, Enrico Coen and Maria Manuela R. Costa

Cytosolic monoterpene biosynthesis is supported by plastid-generated geranyl diphosphate substrate in transgenic tomato fruits
Michael Gutensohn, Irina Orlova, Thuong T. H. Nguyen, Rachel Davidovich-Rikanati, Mario G. Ferruzzi, Yaron Sitrit, Efraim Lewinsohn, Eran Pichersky and Natalia Dudareva

Glutamate signalling via a MEKK1 kinase-dependent pathway induces changes in Arabidopsis root architecture
Brian G. Forde, Sean R. Cutler, Najia Zaman and Patrick J. Krysan

PIN6 is required for nectary auxin response and short stamen development
Ricci L. Bender, Megan L. Fekete, Peter M. Klinkenberg, Marshall Hampton, Brittany Bauer, Matthew Malecha, Khrystyne Lindgren, Jennifer A. Maki, M. Ann D. N. Perera, Basil J. Nikolau and Clay J. Carter

A draft genome sequence of the pulse crop chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)
Mukesh Jain, Gopal Misra, Ravi K. Patel, Pushp Priya, Shalu Jhanwar, Aamir W. Khan, Niraj Shah, Vikas K. Singh, Rohini Garg, Ganga Jeena, Manju Yadav, Chandra Kant, Priyanka Sharma, Gitanjali Yadav, Sabhyata Bhatia, Akhilesh K. Tyagi and Debasis Chattopadhyay

Expanding the spectral palette of fluorescent proteins for the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Beth A. Rasala, Daniel J. Barrera, Jenny Ng, Thomas M. Plucinak, Julian N. Rosenberg, Donald P. Weeks, George A. Oyler, Todd C. Peterson, Farzad Haerizadeh and Stephen P. Mayfield

Generation of an artificial ring chromosome in Arabidopsis by Cre/LoxP-mediated recombination
Minoru Murata, Fukashi Shibata, Akiko Hironaka, Kazunari Kashihara, Satoru Fujimoto, Etsuko Yokota and Kiyotaka Nagaki

A ubiquitin carboxyl extension protein secreted from a plant-parasitic nematode Globodera rostochiensis is cleaved in planta to promote plant parasitism
Demosthenis Chronis, Shiyan Chen, Shunwen Lu, Tarek Hewezi, Sara C.D. Carpenter, Rosemary Loria, Thomas J. Baum and Xiaohong Wang

The Magnaporthe oryzae effector AVR1–CO39 is translocated into rice cells independently of a fungal-derived machinery
Cécile Ribot, Stella Césari, Imène Abidi, Véronique Chalvon, Caroline Bournaud, Julie Vallet, Marc-Henri Lebrun, Jean-Benoit Morel and Thomas Kroj

Function of calcium-dependent protein kinase CPK28 of Arabidopsis thaliana in plant stem elongation and vascular development
Susanne Matschi, Sören Werner, Waltraud X. Schulze, Julia Legen, Hartmut H. Hilger and Tina Romeis

The exocyst complex contributes to PIN auxin efflux carrier recycling and polar auxin transport in Arabidopsis
Edita Janková Drdová, Lukáš Synek, Tamara Pečenková, Michal Hála, Ivan Kulich, John E. Fowler, Angus S. Murphy and Viktor Žárský

SIMPLE LEAF3 encodes a ribosome-associated protein required for leaflet development in Cardamine hirsuta
Evangelia Kougioumoutzi, Maria Cartolano, Claudia Canales, Mhairi Dupré, Jonathan Bramsiepe, Daniela Vlad, Madlen Rast, Raffaele Dello Ioio, Alex Tattersall, Arp Schnittger, Angela Hay and Miltos Tsiantis

A GAL4-based targeted activation tagging system in Arabidopsis thaliana
Takamitsu Waki, Shunsuke Miyashima, Miyako Nakanishi, Yoichi Ikeda, Takashi Hashimoto and Keiji Nakajima

RNA polymerase V targets transcriptional silencing components to promoters of protein-coding genes
Qi Zheng, M. Jordan Rowley, Gudrun Böhmdorfer, Davinder Sandhu, Brian D. Gregory and Andrzej T. Wierzbicki

Sigma factor-mediated plastid retrograde signals control nuclear gene expression
Jesse D. Woodson, Juan M. Perez-Ruiz, Robert J. Schmitz, Joseph R. Ecker and Joanne Chory


Sigma factor-mediated plastid retrograde signals control nuclear gene expression
Jesse D. Woodson, Juan M. Perez-Ruiz, Robert J. Schmitz, Joseph R. Ecker and Joanne Chory

Rice DECUSSATE controls phyllotaxy by affecting the cytokinin signaling pathway
Jun-ichi Itoh, Ken-ichiro Hibara, Mikiko Kojima, Hitoshi Sakakibara and Yasuo Nagato

Characterization of temperature-sensitive mutants reveals a role for receptor-like kinase SCRAMBLED/STRUBBELIG in coordinating cell proliferation and differentiation during Arabidopsis leaf development
Lin Lin, Si-Hui Zhong, Xiao-Feng Cui, Jianming Li and Zu-Hua He

Phytochrome B inhibits binding of phytochrome-interacting factors to their target promoters
Eunae Park, Jeongmoo Park, Junghyun Kim, Akira Nagatani, J. Clark Lagarias and Giltsu Choi

Soybean ureide transporters play a critical role in nodule development, function and nitrogen export
Ray Collier and Mechthild Tegede

Arabidopsis thaliana CENTRORADIALIS homologue (ATC) acts systemically to inhibit floral initiation in Arabidopsis
Nien-Chen Huang, Wann-Neng Jane, Jychian Chen and Tien-Shin Yu

Characterization of two genes for the biosynthesis of the labdane diterpene Z-abienol in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) glandular trichomes
Christophe Sallaud, Cécile Giacalone, Romy Töpfer, Simon Goepfert, Nicolas Bakaher, Sandrine Rösti and Alain Tissier

Rubisco activase is a key regulator of non-steady-state photosynthesis at any leaf temperature and, to a lesser extent, of steady-state photosynthesis at high temperature
Wataru Yamori, Chisato Masumoto, Hiroshi Fukayama and Amane Makino

Phytochrome interacting factors 4 and 5 control seedling growth in changing light conditions by directly controlling auxin signaling
Patricia Hornitschek, Markus V. Kohnen, Séverine Lorrain, Jacques Rougemont, Karin Ljung, Irene López-Vidriero, José M. Franco-Zorrilla, Roberto Solano, Martine Trevisan, Sylvain Pradervand, Ioannis Xenarios and Christian Fankhauser

Unpredictability of nectar nicotine promotes outcrossing by hummingbirds in Nicotiana attenuata
Danny Kessler, Samik Bhattacharya, Celia Diezel, Eva Rothe, Klaus Gase, Matthias Schöttner, Ian T. Baldwin

The hexanoyl-CoA precursor for cannabinoid biosynthesis is formed by an acyl-activating enzyme in Cannabis sativa trichomes
Jake M. Stout, Zakia Boubakir, Stephen J. Ambrose, Randy W. Purves and Jonathan E. Page

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Comments from the Handling Editor on the importance of this paper:

Roots elongate by adding new cells at the tip, similar to constructing a chimney by piling bricks on top of one another. The newly-formed cells gradually change the size and outer shape of the root, as well as its inner organization. But what genes control this process of cell differentiation, and what triggers it in the first place? These are important questions to be answered, which is why I nominated this contribution by Huang and colleagues as a Featured Article in The Plant Journal.

The paper reports a key gene involved in the control of the specification of root outer cell layers, as well as the formation of root hairs and lateral roots, in rice. The gene, named Docs1, encodes an enzyme that is a member of the leucine-rich receptor-like kinase (LRR RLK) family. Plant and animal cells carry large numbers of these LRR RLKs, which are believed to play a role in receiving signals from the outside environment and the subsequent modulation of gene expressions. In this context, it is expected that certain stimuli received by this LRR RLK could trigger the process of cell differentiation.

The authors were able to demonstrate polarized localization of this LRR RLK on the cell membrane, which is an interesting and important finding because it provides an indication as to the possible orientation of the incoming signal(s), although the nature of the signal(s) and the downward signaling systems remain unknown. Also, by comparing the roots of wild-type and knock-out mutant plants, results are reported that suggest Docs1 might directly or indirectly regulate many other genes involved in the development of root outer cell layers in rice. Overall, the identification by these authors of a key gene involved in the root cell differentiation system is a major contribution to this emerging story.

Kiyotaka Okada
Editor, The Plant Journal

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