Plant, Cell & Environment

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Edited By: Keith Mott

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 10/209 (Plant Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1365-3040

Opinion Piece and Commentary


To foster discussion within the Journal on topics related to plant science, Plant, Cell & Environment publishes selected Opinion and Commentary articles, which discuss current themes and comment on previous research. To join the debate, submit here.

2015

Commentary
Keeping a cool head: gene networks underlying chilling-induced male sterility in rice
GRAHAM NOCTOR
This article comments on: Cooling water before panicle initiation increases chilling-induced male sterility and disables chilling-induced expression of genes encoding OsFKBP65 and heat shock proteins in rice spikelets

Commentary
Die or survive? Redox changes as seed viability markers
GÁBOR KOCSY
This article comments on: Genome-wide association mapping and biochemical markers reveal that seed ageing and longevity are intricately affected by genetic background and developmental and environmental conditions in barley

Commentary
Interspecific differences in temperature response of mesophyll conductance: food for thought on its origin and regulation
JAUME FLEXAS and ANTONIO DIAZ-ESPEJO
This article comments on: Temperature responses of mesophyll conductance differ greatly between species

Commentary
Superimposed behaviour of gm under ABA-induced stomata closing and low CO2
YOUSHI TAZOE and JIRI SANTRUCEK
This article comments on: Mesophyll conductance decreases in the wild type but not in an ABA-deficient mutant (aba1) of Nicotiana plumbaginifolia under drought conditions

Commentary
Dwarf trees, super-sized shrubs and scaling: why is plant stature so important?
M. MENCUCCINI
This article comments on: Coordination between water transport capacity, biomass growth, metabolic scaling and species stature in co-occurring shrub and tree species

Commentary
Modelling the outside-xylem hydraulic conductance: towards a new understanding of leaf water relations
CHRISTINE SCOFFONI
This article comments on: The contributions of apoplastic, symplastic and gas phase pathways for water transport outside the bundle sheath in leaves

2014

Commentary
Deconvoluting the interactions of phytochrome isoforms in regulating growth and development
FERENC NAGY and SETH J. DAVIS
This article comments on: Tissue-specific and light-dependent regulation of phytochrome gene expression in rice

Commentary
The stability of xylem water under tension: a long, slow spin proves illuminating
YONG-JIANG ZHANG and N. MICHELE HOLBROOK
This article comments on: Water relations of Robinia pseudoacacia L.: Do vessels cavitate and refill diurnally or are R-shaped curves invalid in Robinia?

Commentary
Chill out with rockcress: quantitative genetics of frost tolerance in the North American wild perennial Boechera stricta
MARK STITT
This article comments on: Identification of quantitative trait loci and a candidate locus for freezing tolerance in controlled and outdoor environments in the overwintering crucifer Boechera stricta

Commentary
Mesophyll conductance with a twist
DANNY THOLEN, GILBERT ÉTHIER and BERNARD GENTY
This article comments on: Implications of the mesophyll conductance to CO2 for photosynthesis and water-use efficiency during long-term water stress and recovery in two contrasting Eucalyptus species

Commentary
Correlating Rubisco catalytic and sequence diversity within C3 plants with changes in atmospheric CO2 concentrations
ROBERT E. SHARWOOD and SPENCER M. WHITNEY
This article comments on: Expanding knowledge of the Rubisco kinetics variability in plant species: environmental and evolutionary trends

Opinion
The large pools of metabolites involved in intercellular metabolite shuttles in C4photosynthesis provide enormous flexibility and robustness in a fluctuating light environment
MARK STITT and XIN-GUANG ZHU

Commentary
Including the interactive effect of elevated CO2 concentration and leaf temperature in global models of isoprene emission
MARK J. POTOSNAK

Commentary
Anhydrobiosis: an unsolved problem
JOHN H. CROWE
This article comments on: Differential proteomics of dehydration and rehydration in bryophytes: evidence towards a common desiccation tolerance mechanism

Commentary
Advances in measurements and models of photosynthetic carbon isotope discrimination in C3 plants
NEREA UBIERNA and GRAHAM D. FARQUHAR

Commentary
The use of indirect or proxy markers in plant physiology
HAMLYN G. JONES
This article comments on: A biomarker based on gene expression indicates plant water status in controlled and natural environments

Commentary
Why bring post-genomics into the phosphorus-impoverished bush?
YVES GIBON
This article comments on: Low levels of ribosomal RNA partly account for the very high photosynthetic phosphorus-use efficiency of Proteaceae species

Commentary
Stopping the leaks: new insights into C4 photosynthesis at low light
ROWAN F. SAGE
This article comments on: Acclimation to low light by C4 maize: implications for bundle sheath leakiness

Commentary
Interaction between salt and heat stress: when two wrongs make a right
JOSÉ M. COLMENERO-FLORES and MIGUEL A. ROSALES
This article comments on: The combined effect of salinity and heat reveals a specific physiological, biochemical and molecular response in tomato plants

Commentary
The emerging importance of microbial volatile organic compounds
BIRGIT PIECHULLA and JÖRG DEGENHARDT
This article comments on: Volatiles produced by soil-borne endophytic bacteria increase plant pathogen resistance and affect tritrophic interactions

Commentary
CO2 enrichment at treeline: help or hindrance for trees on the edge?
JOHN D. MARSHALL
This article comments on: Lack of photosynthetic or stomatal regulation after 9 years of elevated [CO2] and 4 years of soil warming in two conifer species at the alpine treeline

Commentary
We need winners in the race to increase photosynthesis in rice, whether from conventional breeding, biotechnology or both
Stephen P. Long
This article comments on: Can exploiting natural genetic variation in leaf photosynthesis contribute to increasing rice productivity? A simulation analysis

2013

Commentary

Interaction between salt and heat stress: when two wrongs make a right
José M. Colmenero-Flores and Miguel A. Rosales
This article comments on: The combined effect of salinity and heat reveals a specific physiological, biochemical and molecular response in tomato plants

Commentary
New challenges in modelling photosynthesis: temperature dependencies of Rubisco kinetics
A. Diaz-Espejo
This article comments on: Temperature response of in vivo Rubisco kinetics and mesophyll conductance in Arabidopsis thaliana: comparisons to Nicotiana tabacum

Commentary
Interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants: do non-mycorrhizal species at both extremes of nutrient availability play the same game?
H. Lambers and F. P. Teste
This article comments on: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi reduce growth and infect roots of the non-host plant Arabidopsis thaliana

Commentary
Cutting-edge research or cutting-edge artefact? An overdue control experiment complicates the xylem refilling story
J. Sperry
This article comments on: Cutting xylem under tension or supersaturated with gas can generate PLC and the appearance of rapid recovery from embolism

Opinion
Deconstructing crop processes and models via identities
J. R. Porter and S. Christensen

Commentary
Improving the accuracy of chlorophyll fluorescence measurements
J. Harbinson
This article comments on: Closing in on maximum yield of chlorophyll fluorescence using a single multiphase flash of sub-saturating intensity

Commentary
The devil in the detail of secretions
S. D. Tyerman
This article comments on: Dynamic secretion changes in the salt glands of the mangrove tree species Avicennia officinalis in response to a changing saline environment

Commentary
The multifaceted relationship between leaf water 18O enrichment and transpiration rate
L. A. Cernusak and A. Kahmen
This article comments on: Transpiration rate relates to within- and across-species variations in effective path length in a leaf water model of oxygen isotope enrichment

Opinion
Paul Gordon Jarvis, FRS: co-founding editor of Plant, Cell & Environment
H. Smith

Commentary
Mesophyll conductance: internal insights of leaf carbon exchange
H. Griffiths and B.R. Helliker

Opinion
Formyl group modification of chlorophyll a: a major evolutionary mechanism in oxygenic photosynthesis
M. Schliep, G. Cavigliasso, R. G. Quinnell, R. Stranger and A. W. D. Larkum

Commentary
Is it useful to ask why plants emit isoprene?
T. D. Sharkey
This article comments on: Why only some plants emit isoprene

Opinion
You're so vein: bundle sheath physiology, phylogeny and evolution in C3 and C4 plants
H. Griffiths, G. Weller, L. F. M. Toy and R. J. Dennis


2012

Opinion
Carbonyl sulfide (COS) as a tracer for canopy photosynthesis, transpiration and stomatal conductance: potential and limitations
G. Wohlfahrt, F. Brilli, L. Hörtnagl, X. Xu, H. Bingemer, A. Hansel and F. Loreto

Opinion
Strategies of a Bornean tropical rainforest water use as a function of rainfall regime: isohydric or anisohydric?
T. Kumagai and A. Porporato

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