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Heat wave
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Climate change has been at the core of science for the past few decades. The predicted global increase in temperature will also be accompanied by ocean acidification. Research on the subject has largely focused on aerobic scope which is linked to whole-animal performance (including growth, reproduction and overall fitness). In addition, special attention has been given to marine ectotherms as they do not regulate their body temperature, but we still lack a unifying pattern to predict the effects that elevated temperature and high CO2 will have on these organisms.

Success stories and emerging themes in conservation physiology
Spring 2016
18 March 2016

This year, the field of conservation physiology is celebrating its tenth anniversary since being formally named in 2006. This milestone provides an excellent opportunity to assess whether the discipline has been accomplishing its arguably most difficult goal: solving conservation problems.

Succinct articles now highlight excellent research in JXB every month
Spring 2016
18 March 2016

Peppery notes are part of the character of a good Syrah (or Shiraz) wine and favourite herbs like rosemary and thyme. They come from rotundone, and research reported by Drew et al. and Takase et al. in JXB has now identified the enzymes responsible for the synthesis of the precursor of this compound, alpha-guaiene, and for its conversion to the finished, and rather elusive, product.

Enabling functional studies of individual cells in plant tissues
Spring 2016
18 March 2016

Multicellular organisms are composed of many cell types that perform discrete functions acquired via controlled patterns of gene expression and are dictated in part by cell type-specific promoter activity. In order to understand the contribution of these specialized cell types in the development of a whole organism it is necessary to isolate or analyse different cell types separately.