Plant Science


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    Measurements of Root Colonized Bacteria Species
    Authors:  Vílchez Juan Ignacio, Yu Yang, Dian Yi and Huiming Zhang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 255, Q&A: 0

    Root-associated bacteria are able to influence plant fitness and vigor. A key step in understanding the belowground plant-bacteria interactions is to quantify root colonization by the bacteria of interest. Probably, genetic engineering with fluorescence markers is the most powerful way to monitor bacterial strains in plant. However, this could

    Design and Construction of Repacked Soil Columns for Measuring Solute Transport, Plant Growth and Soil Biota
    Authors:  Israel Ikoyi and Achim Schmalenberger, date: 01/20/2021, view: 765, Q&A: 0

    Researchers face a number of challenges in the construction of soil columns which can affect the outcome of their experiments. The use of intact soil cores closely mimics actual field conditions. However, the excavation of large intact soil cores is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process and may lead to soil compaction that would influence the

    Pipecolic Acid Quantification Using Gas Chromatography-coupled Mass Spectrometry
    Authors:  Keshun Yu, Huazhen Liu and Pradeep Kachroo, date: 12/05/2020, view: 899, Q&A: 0

    Pipecolic acid (Pip), a non-proteinacious product of lysine catabolism, is an important regulator of immunity in plants and humans alike. For instance, Pip accumulation is associated with the genetic disorder Zellweger syndrome, chronic liver diseases, and pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy in humans. In plants, Pip accumulates upon pathogen infection

    K+ Release Assay and K+ Measurement in Oocyte Assay
    Author:  Hong Li, date: 11/05/2020, view: 957, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Xenopus oocyte is a powerful system for the exogenous expression and functional characterization of plant membrane transport proteins. Until now, a number of potassium transporters and channels have been identified in oocytes expression system by the two-electrode voltage clamp technology. It is difficult to characterize K+ ...
    A Protocol for Flavonols, Kaempferol and Quercetin, Staining in Plant Root Tips
    Author:  Nguyen Hoai Nguyen, date: 10/05/2020, view: 1132, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Flavonols are a subclass of flavonoids of the group of plant secondary metabolites. In planta, flavonols play various functions such as antioxidant and natural regulator of auxin polar transport. Many lines of evidence have shown that flavonols also contribute to human health in anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, and even prevention some ...
    Expression and Purification of Arabidopsis Transmembrane Protein BCM1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Authors:  Peng Wang and Bernhard Grimm, date: 09/20/2020, view: 1513, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Heterologous expression and purification of transmembrane proteins have remained a challenge for decades hampering detailed biochemical and structural characterization of key enzymes and their interacting regulators in multiple metabolic pathways. An in-depth study on the newly identified Arabidopsis thaliana integral membrane protein ...
    Determination of Ureides Content in Plant Tissues
    Author:  Ignacio Lescano, date: 06/05/2020, view: 1534, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ureides allantoin and allantoate are the main organic nitrogen compounds transported in several legumes, predominantly from N2 fixation. Moreover, recent studies point out a remarkable role for allantoin during several stress responses of plants other than legumes. The goal of this protocol is to determine ureides concentration in ...
    Accelerated Snowmelt Protocol to Simulate Climate Change Induced Impacts on Snowpack Dependent Ecosystems
    [Abstract] Field studies that simulate the effects of climate change are important for a predictive understanding of ecosystem responses to a changing environment. Among many concerns, regional warming can result in advanced timing of spring snowmelt in snowpack dependent ecosystems, which could lead to longer snow-free periods and drier summer soils. Past ...
    Experiments for in silico evaluation of Optimality of Photosynthetic Nitrogen Distribution and Partitioning in the Canopy: an Example Using Greenhouse Cucumber Plants
    Authors:  Yi-Chen Pao, Tsu-Wei Chen, Dany Pascal Moualeu-Ngangue and Hartmut Stützel, date: 03/20/2020, view: 1793, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Acclimation of leaf traits to fluctuating environments is a key mechanism to maximize fitness. One of the most important strategies in acclimation to changing light is to maintain efficient utilization of nitrogen in the photosynthetic apparatus by continuous modifications of between-leaf distribution along the canopy depth and within-leaf ...
    Insect Feeding Assays with Spodoptera exigua on Arabidopsis thaliana
    Authors:  Yanrong You, Chunpeng An and Chuanyou Li, date: 03/05/2020, view: 1902, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Plant-insect interaction is an important field for studying plant immunity. The beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua, is one of the best-known agricultural pest insects and is usually used to study plant interactions with chewing insects. Here, we describe a protocol for insect feeding assays with Spodoptera exigua lavae using model ...

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