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JXB
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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.

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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.

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Introducing an algal carbon-concentrating mechanism into higher plants: location and incorporation of key components
Spring 2016
18 March 2016

There is currently great interest in radical approaches to enhancing photosynthetic efficiency. Introduction of CO2 concentrating mechanisms into C3 plants based on algal and cyanobacterial carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) is an approach being addressed by several research groups.

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Birds of a feather
Spring 2016
18 March 2016

There was only enough time to take in the penguins when Sarah Morgan (EMBL-EBI) and Gabriella Rustici (University of Cambridge) visited Cape Town for the 2015 GOBLET AGM in November last year and definitely no opportunity to take the cable car up Table Mountain.