Best of 2016: Top Topics in Plant Physiology journal

We’ve highlighted some of the Plant Physiology papers that were widely shared, liked, blogged, retweeted and otherwise garnered high-levels of attention this year. Perhaps you can use some of that holiday-season quiet time to catch up on those you missed.

altmetricThe breakaway attention-getter from Plant Physiology this year was “Mechanosensitivity below ground: touch-sensitive smell-producing roots in the shy plant Mimosa pudica” , demonstrating once again that to engage the public, show them plants that move. This paper currently has an Altmetric score of 213, largely due to its extensive coverage in the popular press.

Other top attention getters by category include:

Topical Reviews and Updates

f1-largeA Tale of Two Sugars – Trehalose 6-Phosphate and Sucrose http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/1/7.long

Techniques for the Analysis of Protein-Protein Interactions in Vivo www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/2/727.abstract

Rethinking Guard Cell Metabolism http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/3/1371.short

Hybridization in Plants: Old Ideas, New Techniques http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/early/2016/11/28/pp.16.01340.full.pdf+html

vifloweringVirus-Induced Flowering: An Application of Reproductive Biology to Benefit Plant Research and Breeding http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/early/2016/11/17/pp.16.01336.full.pdf+html

Breakthrough Technologies

Novel Approach for High-Throughput Metabolic Screening of Whole Plants by Stable Isotopes  http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/1/25

rootsQuantitative 3D Analysis of Plant Roots Growing in Soil Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/170/3/1176

An Effective Strategy for Reliably Isolating Heritable and Cas9-Free Arabidopsis Mutants Generated by CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Genome Editing http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/3/1794

High-Throughput Phenotyping of Maize Leaf Physiology and Biochemistry Using Hyperspectral Reflectance http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/early/2016/11/15/pp.16.01447.full.pdf+html

Focus issue: ROS

coverSuperoxide and Singlet Oxygen Produced within the Thylakoid Membranes Both Cause Photosystem I Photoinhibition http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/3/1626

The ROS Wheel: Refining ROS Transcriptional Footprint http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/3/1720.full

Redox- and Reactive Oxygen Species-Dependent Signalling In and From the Photosynthesizing Chloroplast http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/3/1541.abstract

Focus issue: Ecophysiology

ecoyphysPhosphate-Dependent Root System Architecture Responses to Salt Stress http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/690

Surveying Rubisco Diversity and Temperature Response to Improve Crop Photosynthetic Efficiency http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/707

The Quest for Understanding Phenotypic Variation via Integrated Approaches in the Field Environment http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/622

Examining Plant Physiological Responses to Climate Change Through an Evolutionary Lens http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/635.full

Membranes, Transport, and Bioenergetics

f7-largeNitrogen Use Efficiency Is Mediated by Vacuolar Nitrate Sequestration Capacity in Roots of Brassica napus http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/170/3/1684

Biochemistry and Metabolism

An NADPH-Oxidase/Polyamine Oxidase Feedback Loop Controls Oxidative Burst Under Salinity http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/3/1418

ORM Expression Alters Sphingolipid Homeostasis and Differentially Affects Ceramide Synthase Activity http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/889.abstract

maizeleafThe Interplay between Carbon Availability and Growth in Different Zones of the Growing Maize Leaf  http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/943

Cell Biology

Exocyst SEC3 and Phosphoinositides Define Sites of Exocytosis in Pollen Tube Initiation and Growth http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/980

Demonstration of A Distinct Pathway for Polar Exocytosis for Plant Cell Wall Formation http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/1003

Systems and Synthetic Biology

f10-largeA Transcriptional and Metabolic Framework for Secondary Wall Formation in Arabidopsis http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/2/1334

Signaling and Response

Chloroplasts Are Central Players in Sugar-Induced Leaf Growth http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/1/590

An E3 Ligase Affects the NLR Receptor Stability and Immunity to Powdery Mildew http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/4/2504

matrixmetalloproteaseCell Death Control by Matrix Metalloproteinases http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/2/1456

Genes, Development and Evolution

Origin and Functional Predition of Pollen Allergens in Plants http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/1/341

Banana MaMADS Transcription Factors Are Necessary for Fruit Ripening and Molecular Tools to Promote Shelf-Life and Food Security http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/1/380

Gains and Losses of Cis-regulatory Elements Led to Divergence of the Arabidopsis APETALA1 and CAULIFLOWER Duplicate Genes in the Time, Space, and Level of Expression and Regulation of One Paralog by the Other http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/2/1055

eqtleQTL Regulating Transcript Levels Associated with Diverse Biological Processes in Tomato http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/1/328

Optimization of Light-Harvesting Pigment Improves Photosynthetic Efficiency http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/172/3/1720

Ecophysiology and Sustainability

Relationships of Leaf Net Photosynthesis, Stomatal Conductance, and Mesophyll Conductance to Primary Metabolism: A Multispecies Meta-Analysis Approach http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/1/265

In Situ Visualization of the Dynamics in Xylem Embolism Formation and Removal in the Absence of Root Pressure: A Study on Excised Grapevine Stems http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/2/1024

grapevineleafClimate and Developmental Plasticity: Interannual Variability in Grapevine Leaf Morphology http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/170/3/1480

Water Deficit Enhances C Export to the Roots in Arabidopsis thaliana Plants with Contribution of Sucrose Transporters in Both Shoot and Roots http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/170/3/1460

X-Ray Computed Tomography Reveals the Response of Root System Architecture to Soil Texture http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/171/3/2028

Established in 1926, Plant Physiology is an international journal that publishes on the broadest aspects of plant biology. The journal welcomes original submissions that offer new and fundamental insights into the origins, development, and function of plants from the molecular to the whole organism and its interactions within the biotic and abiotic environment. Plant Physiology encourages submissions that span a range of technologies, including those of structural, molecular, and cellular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioenergetics, genetics, physiology, and field-based approaches as well as those making use of synthetic, bioinformatics, and -omics tools.

Research categories include:

  • Biochemistry and Metabolism
  • Breakthrough Technologies
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecophysiology and Sustainability
  • Genes, Development, and Evolution
  • Membranes, Transport, and Biogenetics
  • Signaling and Response
  • Systems and Synthetic Biology

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