Research Article: A method for extracting high-quality total RNA from plant rich in polysaccharides and polyphenols using Dendrobium huoshanense

Date Published: May 1, 2018 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Lulu Liu, Rongchun Han, Nianjun Yu, Wei Zhang, Lihua Xing, Dongmei Xie, Daiyin Peng, Zhong-Hua Chen. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0196592 Abstract Acquiring high quality RNA is the basis of plant molecular biology research, plant genetics and other physiological investigations. At present, a large number of nucleotide isolation … Continue reading Research Article: A method for extracting high-quality total RNA from plant rich in polysaccharides and polyphenols using Dendrobium huoshanense

Research Article: Autoluminescent Plants

Date Published: November 12, 2010 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Alexander Krichevsky, Benjamin Meyers, Alexander Vainstein, Pal Maliga, Vitaly Citovsky, Vladimir N. Uversky. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0015461 Abstract: Prospects of obtaining plants glowing in the dark have captivated the imagination of scientists and layman alike. While light emission has been developed into a useful marker of gene expression, … Continue reading Research Article: Autoluminescent Plants

Research Article: Benefits for Plants in Ant-Plant Protective Mutualisms: A Meta-Analysis

Date Published: December 22, 2010 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Matthew D. Trager, Smriti Bhotika, Jeffrey A. Hostetler, Gilda V. Andrade, Mariano A. Rodriguez-Cabal, C. Seabird McKeon, Craig W. Osenberg, Benjamin M. Bolker, Nigel E. Raine. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0014308 Abstract: Costs and benefits for partners in mutualistic interactions can vary greatly, but surprisingly little is known about … Continue reading Research Article: Benefits for Plants in Ant-Plant Protective Mutualisms: A Meta-Analysis

Research Article: Aboveground mechanical stimuli affect belowground plant-plant communication

Date Published: May 2, 2018 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Ali Elhakeem, Dimitrije Markovic, Anders Broberg, Niels P. R. Anten, Velemir Ninkovic, Martin Schädler. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195646 Abstract Plants can detect the presence of their neighbours and modify their growth behaviour accordingly. But the extent to which this neighbour detection is mediated by abiotic stressors is … Continue reading Research Article: Aboveground mechanical stimuli affect belowground plant-plant communication

Research Article: Peptidoglycan Perception in Plants

Date Published: December 17, 2015 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Andrea A. Gust, Cyril Zipfel. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1005275 Abstract Partial Text Higher eukaryotes have evolved mechanisms to detect and discriminate between a wide range of commensal and infectious microorganisms. The first inducible line of defence common between plant and animal systems is microbe-associated molecular pattern (MAMP)-triggered … Continue reading Research Article: Peptidoglycan Perception in Plants

Research Article: Plant Virus Ecology

Date Published: May 23, 2013 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Marilyn J. Roossinck, Richard C. Condit. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1003304 Abstract Partial Text Viruses have generally been studied either as disease-causing infectious agents that have a negative impact on the host (most eukaryote-infecting viruses), or as tools for molecular biology (especially bacteria-infecting viruses, or phage). Virus ecology … Continue reading Research Article: Plant Virus Ecology

Research Article: Plant-Pollinator Coextinctions and the Loss of Plant Functional and Phylogenetic Diversity

Date Published: November 29, 2013 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Marcos Costa Vieira, Marcus Vinicius Cianciaruso, Mário Almeida-Neto, Nina Farwig. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0081242 Abstract Plant-pollinator coextinctions are likely to become more frequent as habitat alteration and climate change continue to threaten pollinators. The consequences of the resulting collapse of plant communities will depend partly on how … Continue reading Research Article: Plant-Pollinator Coextinctions and the Loss of Plant Functional and Phylogenetic Diversity

Research Article: Linking Plant Nutritional Status to Plant-Microbe Interactions

Date Published: July 16, 2013 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Lilia C. Carvalhais, Paul G. Dennis, Ben Fan, Dmitri Fedoseyenko, Kinga Kierul, Anke Becker, Nicolaus von Wiren, Rainer Borriss, Ivan Baxter. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0068555 Abstract Plants have developed a wide-range of adaptations to overcome nutrient limitation, including changes to the quantity and composition of carbon-containing compounds … Continue reading Research Article: Linking Plant Nutritional Status to Plant-Microbe Interactions

Research Article: Networking in the Plant Microbiome

Date Published: February 12, 2016 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Marcel G. A. van der Heijden, Martin Hartmann Abstract: Almost all higher organisms, including plants, insects, and mammals, are colonized by complex microbial communities and harbor a microbiome. Emerging studies with plants reveal that these microbiomes are structured and form complex, interconnected microbial networks. … Continue reading Research Article: Networking in the Plant Microbiome

Research Highlights: Bacterial Protein Makes “Zombie” Plant

Bacterial Protein Makes “Zombie” Plant September 18, 2021 Obligate parasite is an organism that completes its life-cycle by exploiting a suitable host. Some obligate parasites induce significant observable changes in their hosts which allows the parasites to be transmitted easily to other trophic levels. However, the mechanisms underlying these changes are not well understood. Researchers … Continue reading Research Highlights: Bacterial Protein Makes “Zombie” Plant