Publicaties

BTL2 phospho-switch surveils plant immunity

BRASSINOSTEROID INSENSITIVE1-ASSOCIATED KINASE1 (BAK1) is a co-receptor involved in the recognition of pattern-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) via plasma membrane-localized pattern recognition r...

Let's go bananas with paintings

We tell the story of the complex history and global distribution of the very popular banana and illustrate this with amazing depictions by artists and scientists. In addition, we discuss the major cha...

Natural uORF variation in plants

Taking advantage of natural variation promotes our understanding of phenotypic diversity and trait evolution, ultimately accelerating plant breeding, in which the identification of causal variations i...

Four plus one: vacuoles serve in photorespiration

Photorespiration is inevitable for oxygenic photosynthesis. It has fascinated researchers over decades because of its multicompartmental organization. Recently, Lin and Tsay identified a vacuole glyce...

Flower heterochrony and crop yield

Crop improvement has focused on enhancing yield, nutrient content, harvestability, and stress resistance using a trait-centered reductionist approach. This has downplayed the fact that plants are deve...

Sensing and regulation of plant extracellular pH

In plants, pH determines nutrient acquisition and sensing, and triggers responses to osmotic stress, whereas pH homeostasis protects the cellular machinery. Extracellular pH (pHe) controls the chemist...

Real-time calcium imaging in living plants

GCaMPs, genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs), contain an enhanced GFP (EGFP) sequence with significantly increased luminescence intensity. A hexapeptide GGTGGS connects the amino and carboxy...

Plant virology: an RNA treasure trove

Key principles pertaining to RNA biology not infrequently have their origins in plant virology. Examples have arisen from studies on viral RNA-intrinsic properties and the infection process from gene...

The ORFans’ tale: new insights in plant biology

Orphan genes (OGs) are protein-coding genes without a significant sequence similarity in closely related species. Despite their functional importance, very little is known about the underlying molecul...

Plant morpho evo-devo

The effort to understand phenomena, such as the developmental changes underlying important evolutionary transitions in morphology, how development constrains (see Glossary) or facilitates evolution, t...