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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-07-05 05:29

This edition of the GARNet research roundup begins with a study from the University Leicester that investigates the rate of selection of genes expressed in Arabidopsis pollen.

The second and third papers focus on the function of members of the AP2 family of transcription factors. Sarah McKim’s lab in Dundee characterizes the role of APETALA2 during barley stem elongation whilst the other paper investigates the function of the Arabidopsis PUCHI gene and includes co-authors from the University of Nottingham.

The fourth paper is from Lars Ostergaard’s lab at the John...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-06-12 08:31

In another big edition of the GARNet Research Roundup we cover many
different areas of research that utilise a varied group of experimental
organisms!

The first paper from the Feng lab at the John Innes
Centre performs an assessment of the factors influencing heterochromatin
activity in sperm companion cells. Second is work from the JIC and
Cardiff University that looks at the role of an auxin minima during
fruit valve margin differentiation.

The next two papers have
authors from Edinburgh. Firstly the McCormick lab has developed a...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-05-28 05:57

This bumper edition of the GARNet research roundup begins with a set
of papers from the John Innes Centre. Anne Osbourn’s group is involved
with two papers; firstly they discover how altering metabolic networks
in the Arabidopsis root can cause changes in the associated microbiota.
Second they characterise the role of a light-induced transcription
factor in Artemisia. Next Caroline Dean’s group leads a global
consortium that investigates the role of liquid-liquid phase separation
in the formation of nuclear bodies. The final paper from the JIC is...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-04-29 05:00

This edition of the GARNet research roundup features fundamental plant science research conducted in a range of experimental organisms. Firstly Liam Dolan’s lab in Oxford looks at the function of bHLHs proteins in cell differentiation across land plant evolution. Secondly Anthony Hall’s group at the Earlham Institute have identified a novel RecQ helicase involved in work exclusively conducted in wheat. Thirdly researchers from Nottingham work with Arabidopsis to characterise an EXPANSIN protein essential for lateral root development.

The fourth paper is the first of two that look...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-04-11 06:28

This edition of the GARNet Research Roundup is led by two papers from John Christie’s lab at the University of Glasgow. First is a study that looks at the function of the NPH3 protein during phototropism whilst the second paper is a collaboration with Mike Blatt’s group and has used an synthetic biology approach to increase plant biomass by altering stomatal conductance.

Third is a paper from the University Dundee and James Hutton Institute that looks at the extent of alternative splicing of long non-coding RNAs in response to cold stress.

The fourth paper is from...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-03-20 19:01

This edition of the GARNet research roundup begins with a study from
the John Innes Centre that investigates the role of auxin in the control
of fruit development in Capsella.

Auxin is also a central focus of the next paper that is from SLCU, in which the authors characterise the role of different types of auxin transport during shoot development. The third paper, also from Cambridge, identifies a new function for members of the DUF579 enzyme family. The final paper from Cambridge reports on an outstanding citizen science project that looks at how different...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-03-07 11:02

This edition of the GARNet research roundup begins with a study into the genetic basis of fertility in barley led by Sarah McKim from Dundee. Second is a study from Oxford and Leicester that characterizes the proteolytic control of chloroplast import. The third paper from Levi Yant’s group at JIC and Nottingham that attempts to discover the influence of polyploidism on population genomic effects whilst the fourth paper from Juliet Coates’ lab in Birmingham uses the growth of Arabidopsis to assess the potential of algal biomass as a biofertiliser. The next two papers include co-authors...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-02-14 10:59

This GARNet research Roundup includes a broad range of topics and contributing institutions. First is a study from TSL that investigates the molecular basis of Arabidopsis and Brassica responses to white rust disease. Second is work from Warwick that uses Arabidopsis as a tool to test genes involved in the evolution of Flax domestication.

The third paper is work from Cambridge that models the response of the circadian oscillator to nicotinamide whilst the fourth paper is a study from the University of Dundee that compares differential gene expression software in the analysis of...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-02-05 03:03

The North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC) is committed to promoting a global plant sciences community that reflects the true diversity of all its members. To further this mission, the NAASC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force has created the DiversifyPlantSci online resource, a list of plant biologists from under-represented
groups to reference for speakers, reviewers, and participants for career or mentorship opportunities.


We hope to increase diversity and inclusion by making it easy to...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-01-31 07:32

This edition of the GARNet research roundup has an initial focus on the shoot apical meristem. Firstly a study from the University of Birmingham performs network analysis to define the connections that control the global organisation of this tissue.

Second is the first of a group of papers involving authors from the Sainsbury Lab, Cambridge University and the University of Cambridge. Henrik Jönsson and Henrik Ahl contribute to a study that refines our understanding about the role of auxin in leaf dorsoventral patterning. Next from SLCU are two papers published in...

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Source: GARNet blog post
Posted date: 2019-01-23 15:52

Hank describes a recent paper published in the Journal of Cell Science entitled ‘Identification and characterization of genes encoding the nuclear envelope LINC complex in the monocot species Zea mays’. This paper also includes fellow INDEPTH member Katja Graumann from Oxford Brookes University.

The post Hank Bass talks to GARNet appeared first on...

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