Plant Science


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    Quantification of Blumenol Derivatives as Leaf Biomarkers for Plant-AMF Association
    Authors:  Elisabeth Mindt, Ming Wang, Martin Schäfer, Rayko Halitschke and Ian T. Baldwin, date: 07/20/2019, view: 1098, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Symbiotic interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and plants are widespread among land plants and can be beneficial for both partners. The plant is provided with mineral nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, whereas it provides carbon resources for the fungus in return. Due to the large economic and environmental impact, ...
    Isolation of Rice Stripe Virus Preparation from Viruliferous Small Brown Planthoppers and Mechanic Inoculation on Rice
    Authors:  Wan Zhao, Le Kang and Feng Cui, date: 11/05/2017, view: 3055, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Tenuiviruses can infect the plants of the family Poaceae, and cause serious loss of crops, particularly rice and maize, in South-Eastern Asian countries. Tenuiviruses usually depend on insect vectors for their transmission and cannot be transmitted between plants through wounds or abrasions. Rice stripe virus (RSV), a typical member of ...
    Rice Lamina Joint Inclination Assay
    Authors:  Hsing-Yi Li, Hsin-Mei Wang and Seonghoe Jang, date: 07/20/2017, view: 6346, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Brassinosteroids (BRs) promote rice lamina inclination. Recently, we showed that OsBUL1 knockout mutant rice (osbul1) is defective in brassinosteroid signaling (Jang et al., 2017). To show that lamina joint inclination of osbul1 is less-sensitive than WT to exogenous brassinolide (BL) treatment in the lamina ...
    Determination of the Effects of Local and Systemic Iron Excess on Lateral Root Initiation in Arabidopsis thaliana
    Authors:  Guangjie Li, Lin Zhang and Weiming Shi, date: 07/05/2017, view: 3587, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Root system architecture depends on nutrient availability. A symptom of iron (Fe) toxicity in plants is stunted root growth, yet little is known about the effects of excess Fe on lateral root (LR) development. To better understand how nutrient signals are integrated into root developmental programs, we investigated the morphological response of ...
    Phototaxis Assay for Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
    Authors:  Noriko Ueki and Ken-ichi Wakabayashi, date: 06/20/2017, view: 6758, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Phototaxis is a behavior in which organisms move toward or away from the light source (positive or negative phototaxis, respectively). It is crucial for phototrophic microorganisms to inhabit under proper light conditions for phototaxis. The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii rapidly changes its swimming direction upon light ...
    Haustorium Induction Assay of the Parasitic Plant Phtheirospermum japonicum
    Authors:  Juliane K. Ishida, Satoko Yoshida and Ken Shirasu, date: 05/05/2017, view: 4856, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Phtheirospermum japonicum is a facultative root parasitic plant in the Orobanchaceae family used as a model parasitic plant. Facultative root parasites form an invasive organ called haustorium on the lateral parts of their roots. To functionally characterize parasitic abilities, quantification of haustorium numbers is required. However, ...
    Fusarium graminearum Maize Stalk Infection Assay and Associated Microscopic Observation Protocol
    Authors:  Juan He, Tinglu Yuan and Wei-Hua Tang, date: 12/05/2016, view: 6329, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ascomycete fungus Fusarium graminearum (previously also called Gibberella zeae) causes Gibberella stalk rot in maize (Zea mays) and results in lodging and serious yield reduction. To develop methods to assess the fungal growth and symptom development in maize stalks, we present here a protocol of maize stalk ...
    PEA-CLARITY: Three Dimensional (3D) Molecular Imaging of Whole Plant Organs
    [Abstract] Here we report the adaptation of the CLARITY technique to plant tissues with addition of enzymatic degradation to improve optical clearing and facilitate antibody probe penetration. Plant-Enzyme-Assisted (PEA)-CLARITY, has allowed deep optical visualisation of stains, expressed fluorescent proteins and IgG-antibodies in tobacco and Arabidopsis ...
    Differential and Simultaneous Visualization of Cells and Airspaces in Plant Leaves
    Authors:  Takashi Kawase, Shigeo S. Sugano, Tomoo Shimada and Ikuko Hara-Nishimura, date: 06/05/2016, view: 4883, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol is to differentially and simultaneously visualize both cells and airspaces in intact leaves and to create 3D structures of cells and airspaces from confocal images using the software DSLT_Demo ( Leaves stained with Nile Red in ...
    Simple Digital Photography for Assessing Biomass and Leaf Area Index in Cereals
    Authors:  Jaume Casadesús and Dolors Villegas, date: 06/05/2015, view: 7856, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] These instructions refer to obtaining fast and low-labour estimates of ground cover, leaf area index and green biomass for a large number of plots, as those encountered in cereal breeding programs. The procedure includes obtaining the pictures in the field and processing them once downloaded to a computer.

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