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Rice with reduced stomatal density conserves water and has improved drought tolerance under future climate conditions (2018)
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Caine, R. S., Yin, X., Sloan, J., Harrison, E. L., Mohammed, U., Fulton, T., …Gray, J. E. (in press). Rice with reduced stomatal density conserves water and has improved drought tolerance under future climate conditions. New Phytologist, doi:10.1111/nph.15344. ISSN 0028-646X

Much of humanity relies on rice (Oryza sativa) as a food source, but cultivation is water intensive and the crop is vulnerable to drought and high temperatures. Under climate change, periods of reduced water availability and high temperature are expe... Read More about Rice with reduced stomatal density conserves water and has improved drought tolerance under future climate conditions.

Allelic diversity of S‑RNase alleles in diploid potato species (2016)
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Dzidzienyo, D. K., Bryan, G. J., Wilde, G., & Robbins, T. P. (2016). Allelic diversity of S‑RNase alleles in diploid potato species. TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 129(10), (1985–2001). doi:10.1007/s00122-016-2754-7. ISSN 0040-5752

S-ribonucleases (S-RNases) control the pistil specificity of the self-incompatibility (SI) response in the genus Solanum and several other members of the Solanaceae. The nucleotide sequences of S-RNases corresponding to a large number of S-alleles or... Read More about Allelic diversity of S‑RNase alleles in diploid potato species.

Characterisation of Thinopyrum bessarabicum chromosomes through genome-wide introgressions into wheat (2017)
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Grewal, S., Yang, C., Hubbart Edwards, S., Scholefield, D., Ashling, S., Burridge, A., …King, J. (2018). Characterisation of Thinopyrum bessarabicum chromosomes through genome-wide introgressions into wheat. TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 131(2), (389–406). doi:10.1007/s00122-017-3009-y. ISSN 0040-5752

Thinopyrum bessarabicum (2n = 2x = 14, JJ) is an important source for new genetic variation for wheat improvement due to its salinity tolerance and disease resistance. Its practical utilisation in wheat improvement can be facilitated through developm... Read More about Characterisation of Thinopyrum bessarabicum chromosomes through genome-wide introgressions into wheat.

Canopy and ear traits associated with avoidance of Fusarium head blight in wheat (2018)
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Jones, S., Farooqi, A., Foulkes, J., Sparkes, D. L., Linforth, R., & Ray, R. V. (2018). Canopy and ear traits associated with avoidance of Fusarium head blight in wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.01021. ISSN 1664-462X

Doubled haploid and elite wheat genotypes were ground inoculated in three field experiments and head spray inoculated in two glasshouse experiments, using mixed Fusarium and Microdochium species, to identify crop canopy and ear traits associated with... Read More about Canopy and ear traits associated with avoidance of Fusarium head blight in wheat.

Plant Rabs and the role in fruit ripening (2018)
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Lawson, T., Mayes, S., Lycett, G. W., & Chin, C. F. (2018). Plant Rabs and the role in fruit ripening. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews, 34(2), (181-197). doi:10.1080/02648725.2018.1482092. ISSN 0264-8725

Fruit ripening is a complex developmental process that involves the synthesis and modification of the cell wall leading up to the formation of an edible fruit. During the period of fruit ripening, new cell wall polymers and enzymes are synthesized an... Read More about Plant Rabs and the role in fruit ripening.

Physiological differences between sugar beet varieties susceptible, tolerant or resistant to the beet cyst nematode, Heterodera schachtii (Schmidt) under uninfested conditions (2018)
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Wright, A. J., Bussell, J. S., Stevens, M., Back, M. A., & Sparkes, D. L. (2018). Physiological differences between sugar beet varieties susceptible, tolerant or resistant to the beet cyst nematode, Heterodera schachtii (Schmidt) under uninfested conditions. European Journal of Agronomy, 98, doi:10.1016/j.eja.2018.05.005. ISSN 1161-0301

The beet cyst nematode (BCN) is a problem to sugar beet growers around the world and can cause severe yield losses. Recently, varieties of sugar beet have been developed which are either tolerant to damage caused by BCN, or alternatively are resistan... Read More about Physiological differences between sugar beet varieties susceptible, tolerant or resistant to the beet cyst nematode, Heterodera schachtii (Schmidt) under uninfested conditions.

Linear relationships between shoot magnesium and calcium concentrations among angiosperm species are associated with cell wall chemistry (2018)
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White, P. J., Broadley, M. R., El-Serehy, H. A., George, T. S., & Neugebauer, K. (2018). Linear relationships between shoot magnesium and calcium concentrations among angiosperm species are associated with cell wall chemistry. Annals of Botany, 122(2), ( 221–226). doi:10.1093/aob/mcy062. ISSN 0305-7364

Background Linear relationships are commonly observed between shoot magnesium ([Mg]shoot) and shoot calcium ([Ca]shoot) concentrations among angiosperm species growing in the same environment. Scope and Conclusions This article argues that, in p... Read More about Linear relationships between shoot magnesium and calcium concentrations among angiosperm species are associated with cell wall chemistry.

AUX1-mediated root hair auxin influx governs SCFTIR1/AFB-type Ca2+ signaling (2018)
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Dindas, J., Scherzer, S., Roelfsema, M. R. G., von Meyer, K., Müller, H. M., Al-Rasheid, K., …Hedrich, R. (2018). AUX1-mediated root hair auxin influx governs SCFTIR1/AFB-type Ca2+ signaling. Nature Communications, 9(1), doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03582-5. ISSN 2041-1723

Auxin is a key regulator of plant growth and development, but the causal relationship between hormone transport and root responses remains unresolved. Here we describe auxin uptake, together with early steps in signaling, in Arabidopsis root hairs. U... Read More about AUX1-mediated root hair auxin influx governs SCFTIR1/AFB-type Ca2+ signaling.

Variation in the angiosperm ionome (2018)
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Neugebauer, K., Broadley, M. R., El-Serehy, H. A., George, T. S., McNicol, J. W., de Moraes, M. F., & White, P. J. (2018). Variation in the angiosperm ionome. Physiologia Plantarum, 163(3), (306-322). doi:10.1111/ppl.12700. ISSN 0031-9317

The ionome is defined as the elemental composition of a subcellular structure, cell, tissue, organ or organism. The subset of the ionome comprising mineral nutrients is termed the functional ionome. A ‘standard functional ionome’ of leaves of an ‘ave... Read More about Variation in the angiosperm ionome.

The xerobranching response represses lateral root formation when roots are not in contact with water (2018)
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Orman-Ligeza, B., Morris, E. C., Parizot, B., Lavigne, T., Babé, A., Ligeza, A., …Draye, X. (2018). The xerobranching response represses lateral root formation when roots are not in contact with water. Current Biology, 28(19), (3165-3173.e5). doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.07.074. ISSN 0960-9822

Efficient soil exploration by roots represents an important target for crop improvement and food security [1, 2]. Lateral root (LR) formation is a key trait for optimising soil foraging for crucial resources such as water and nutrients. Here, we repo... Read More about The xerobranching response represses lateral root formation when roots are not in contact with water.