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New leaf shapes for thale cress

May 23, 2019
Max Planck researchers equip the plant with pinnate leaves [more]
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Ready, Steady, Go

April 05, 2019
Cryo-electron microscopy reveals the molecular steps in plant immune receptor activation [more]
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New paper on the phylogeny of the Brassicaceae

March 13, 2019
A recent study from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, published in the New Phytologist, helps resolve these issues by reporting new insights into the relationships among Brassicaceae species. [more]
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Shedding light on a shadow: two transcriptional enhancers control florigen’s response to photoperiod

March 05, 2019
In many plant species, flowering is controlled by day length through the transcriptional regulation of a key gene called FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) in the model plant Thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana). The Turck group at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (Cologne, Germany) has used an epigenetic approach to systematically probe regions surrounding the FT locus for a regulatory role in FT expression. As they now report in Nature Plants (doi 10.1038/s41477-019-0375-2), FT’s response to long days requires the presence of both, a previously characterized distal enhancer located in the promoter and the support of its “shadow” enhancer located downstream of the gene. [more]
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Plants can skip the middlemen to directly recognize disease-causing fungi

February 19, 2019
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne have revealed that direct physical associations between plant immune proteins and fungal molecules are widespread during attempted infection. [more]
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Linking sensing to signaling during plant immunity

February 15, 2019
A new study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne has revealed that a previously unappreciated structural feature underlies the ability of the plant immune molecule EDS1 to provide a timely defense boost against pathogens. [more]
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Old plants flower in winter cold

January 24, 2019
Researchers reveal how the age of a plant determines its sensitivity to winter cold [more]
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Leaf age determines the division of labor in plant stress responses

January 21, 2019

A new study from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research published in the journal PNAS shows that the crosstalk between plant responses to physical and biological stresses varies between young and old leaves to enable optimal plant performance when the two kinds of stress are encountered simultaneously.

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Genome-wide association with structural variants

November 19, 2018
Genome-wide association is a powerful tool to identify the molecular causes of trait diversity within species. In most association studies, genotyping single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) is regarded as sufficient. [more]
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With a little help from their friends: plants rely on their resident bacteria to protect them from harmful microbes

November 01, 2018
Conclusions of a study published in the journal CELL that was led by Stephane Hacquard and Paul Schulze-Lefert at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. [more]
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How many petals?

October 29, 2018
The APETALA1 gene in hairy bittercress plants lost the ability to ensure that its flowers all have the same number of petals. [more]
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Large cells for tiny leaves

October 26, 2018
Scientists identify mechanism that controls leaf growth and shape [more]
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Nitrogen-fixing bacteria and their plant hosts: old friends that go way back

July 11, 2018
The relationship between so-called rhizobia, nitrogen-fixing bacteria that are mostly from the order Rhizobiales, and leguminous plants is one of the best-characterized beneficial plant-microbe interactions in all of nature. [more]
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A genetic barcode for the epigenetic repression of the floral program

April 26, 2018
Plant cells silence their flowering genes with the help of a small DNA-binding protein family which also stabilizes telomeres and promotes the expression of photosynthetic genes. A genetic barcodes shows this family what has to be done. These proteins are thus important mediators of epigenetic imprinting and determine cell fate in plants (Nature Genetics, doi: 10.1038/s41588-018-0109-9). [more]
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Revealing the intricacy of plant-bacteria interactions

March 13, 2018
A team of researchers from Germany and the US led by Kenichi Tsuda at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne have now developed a method that can be used to probe the complexity of plant-bacteria interactions. [more]
 
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