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Research animals
Using animals in biomedical research: why education holds the key
13 June 2018

The British Pharmacological Society and partner organisations have just launched a new curriculum for undergraduate and taught Masters education on the use of research animals.

Striga Harro
Strigolactones: New plant hormones in action
23 April 2018

Strigolactones were only recently recognized as an important new class of plant hormone, and are now the subject of intensive research. This is leading to rapid growth in our understanding of their diverse roles, as well as novel agricultural applications. The reviews and research in the latest special issue from Journal of Experimental Botany cover a wide range of aspects, from biosynthesis and specificity to the cascade of events leading to perception and transduction, as well as the importance of strigolactone transport and activity in plant development and plant–microbe interactions. The role of the emerging class of non-canonical strigolactones is...

Senescence
When and how to die - JXB Special issue on Plant Senescence
15 February 2018

Every year, autumn or fall brings plant senescence to us in spectacular fashion: changing leaf colour, then leaves shed and bare branches. Where seasonal change is more subtle, nevertheless the demise of leaves is always around even as new growth emerges. Beneath this, underlying metabolic change in dying leaves and redistribution of nutrients is fundamental to survival. But we still don’t know how plants ‘know’ when and how to die.

Cyclotide image 69-3 Jan 2018
A cyclotide tide to sweep agriculture?
30 January 2018

Abundant cyclotide production in plants would be an exciting step forward for agriculture. Such molecular farming could make possible transgenic plants protected by these highly stable defence peptides. Moreover there is the intriguing prospect of cyclotides as medicines in edible plants. A new paper from Simon Poon and co-authors in Journal of Experimental Botany brings these possibilities significantly closer.