Publicaties

An ancient function of PGR5 in iron delivery?

In all phototrophic organisms, the photosynthetic apparatus must be protected from light-induced damage. One important mechanism that mitigates photodamage in plants is antimycin A (AA)-sensitive cycl...

Guarding and hijacking: stomata on the move

Stomata–pathogen interactions are a fascinating part of plant immunity. Stomata perceive pathogens and close; in turn, successful pathogens reopen stomata to enter the apoplast. Recent studies by Hu...

Soil carbon sequestration by root exudates

Root exudates are well-known ‘labile’ sources of soil carbon that can prime microbial activity. Recent investigations suggest that the stability of labile carbon inputs in soil mostly depends upon...

Gene rational design: the dawn of crop breeding

Limited natural genetic diversity restricts the creation of excellent crops. Modeling-guided rational design represents a promising protein engineering technology to optimize existing genes for desire...

How do humans and plants feel the heat?

The 2021 Nobel prize was awarded for the discovery of the animal thermosensory channel TRPV1. We highlight notable shared features with the higher plant thermosensory channel CNGC2/4. Both channels re...

Who ever thought genetic mutations were random?

In a recent study of de novo mutations in arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), Monroe et al. found a lower mutation frequency inside gene bodies and certain essential genes, shattering the long-standin...

Non-B DNA structures emerging from plant genomes

Noncanonical (non-B) DNA structures, including G-quadruplexes, R-loops, and various DNA alternate conformations, affect genome organization, stability, and activity. Very few non-B structures have bee...

Phospholipids and flowering regulation

A better understanding of how plants adjust their flowering under unfavourable environmental conditions is key to developing climate-resilient crops. Recently, Susila et al. demonstrated that phosphol...