Can plants defend and grow simultaneously? The Howe lab is inching closer to answering this question, which could help us understand natural ecosystems or help farmers increase yields without increasing dependence on pesticides.
A new study identifies 111 peroxisomal proteins, including six newly identified ones, in dark-treated plants. It is part of an effort to fully map the functions of plant peroxisomes.
When facing drought or heat stress, roots are advance scouts that warn the rest of the plant to prepare for the big 'hit.'
A multi-university study reveals how plant communication systems respond to threats from herbivores. Once wounded, plants use calcium signals to warn distant tissues of future attacks.
Atmospheric scientists factor lesser known photosynthesis research into their models. The result: carbon levels in the air could be much higher by 2100 than previously predicted.
Scientists have created a new tracking method for plant lipids. The approach could fill our knowledge gaps of lipid movement and help us improve yields in crops targeted for biofuels.
While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists from the Benning lab has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead to future treatments.
The two proteins, called VAP, indicate where endocytosis, a form of transport in which a living cell imports molecules, should occur.
The NPR1 gene keeps the unfolded protein response, a plant fail-safe for stressful times, in check.
Understanding how the plant cell's food processors are built might help us breed better plants and even benefit human medicine.
How plants harvest their own chloroplasts - photosynthesis machines that make their food - to help defend against outside threats.
The natural solar panels constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their hosts' environments. Scientists want to tap into this energy source for biofuels and food purposes.
Scientists have linked how water-dwelling bacteria monitor light wavelengths in their surroundings with their capacity to do photosynthesis. The research has medical/biofuels implications.
The protein, which helps to construct peroxisomes, also interacts with chloroplasts and mitochondria. The organelles are important for generating and managing plant energy supplies.
The fundamental protein complex potentially guards plants from high light and ageing effects. This new observation could change how we view photosynthesis.
The Nature Communications study shows how high temperature weakens plant defenses while, separately, strengthening bacterial attacks.
A peek into the logistics of how bacterial nanofactories move electrons, towards creating chemical products. Future apps include renewable energy and medical tools.
When engineers want to speed up a system, they look for the slowest steps and make them faster. In plants, this approach potentially does more harm than good, says the Kramer lab.