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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.

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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.

Extracellular vesicles
Plants, pathogens, poisoned vesicles
18 December 2017

The commonplace is the pathogen killing the plant. The opposite would be the ultimate defence, and research reported in Journal of Experimental Botany shows the plant may be packing extracellular vesicles with a toxic mix to do just that.

Pamela Mortimer
SEB appoint new CEO
28 November 2017

The SEB is delighted to announce the appointment of new CEO Pamela Mortimer. Pamela joins the SEB having spent the last 5 years as Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society.