The Plant Cell publishes novel research of special significance in plant biology, especially in the areas of cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, development, and evolution.
Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves
Increasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained ...
The localization of an elusive membrane trafficking regulator
The transport of hormones and other substances across cell membranes is crucial for cell function and correct organism development. Probing the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the process, however, ...
Researchers uncover structure of enzyme that makes plant cellulose
Purdue researchers have discovered the structure of the enzyme that makes cellulose, a finding that could lead to easier ways of breaking down plant materials to make biofuels and other products and materials.
Researchers find boron facilitates stem cell growth and development in corn
Boron deficiency is one of the most widespread causes of reduced crop yield. Missouri and the eastern half of the United States are plagued by boron deficient soil and, often, corn and soybean farmers are ...
Fundamental plant chemicals trace back to bacteria
A fundamental chemical pathway that all plants use to create an essential amino acid needed by all animals to make proteins has now been traced to two groups of ancient bacteria. The pathway is also known ...
Gene discovery could lead to better soybean varieties for Northern United States
Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved ...
Short circuit in the food web
They are amongst the most numerous inhabitants of the sea: tiny haptophytes of the type Emiliania huxleyi. Not visible to the naked eye, when they are in bloom in spring, they form square kilometer sized patches, they are ...
New findings may advance iron-rich, cadmium-free crops
With news reports of toxic, cadmium-tainted rice in China, a new study describes a protein that transports metals in certain plants and holds promise for developing iron-rich but cadmium-free crops.
South-west plants share fungal symbiosis for nitrogen uptake
An investigation into nitrogen transfers between plants has found that different species can share nutrients through fungal interactions.
Breakthrough study solves plant sex mystery
A team of biologists from the University of Leicester has solved a mystery surrounding how plants have sex.
Virus rounds up enzymes, disarms plant
University of Tokyo researchers have described how a plant-virus protein suppresses an important plant defense mechanism that remembers viral genetic information, providing a new target for developing the ...
Findings may advance iron-rich, cadmium-free crops
With news reports of toxic cadmium-tainted rice in China, a new study describes a protein that transports metals in Arabidopsis plants and holds promise for developing iron-rich but cadmium-free crops.
Research shows how plant welfare is improved by fungi in soil
A University of York biologist is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered how plants use fungi to help them to gather vital nutrients from the soil.
New technique will accelerate genetic characterization of photosynthesis
Photosynthesis provides fixed carbon and energy for nearly all life on Earth, yet many aspects of this fascinating process remain mysterious. For example, little is known about how it is regulated in response to changes in ...
Ancient buried treasure found in daisy seeds
(Phys.org) —By tracing the evolutionary origin of a drug-like protein ring found in sunflowers, Australian and US scientists have discovered a diverse, 18-million-year-old group of buried proteins in daisy ...