Research Highlights

Finding a missing puzzle piece in the mitochondrial processing pathway
Ghifari AS, Teixeira PF, Kmiec B, Pružinská A, Glaser E and Murcha MW (2020) A mitochondrial prolyl aminopeptidase PAP2 releases N‐terminal proline and regulates proline homeostasis during stress response, THE PLANT JOURNAL.

Forgotten 1950’s Australian discovery back in the limelight
Fisher MF, Payne CD, Chetty T, Crayn DM, Berkowitz O, Whelan J, Rosengren KJ and Mylne JS (2020) The genetic origin of evolidine, the first cyclopeptide discovered in plants, and related orbitides. JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY.

Examining gene expression in barley germination
Liew LC, Narsai R, Wang Y, Berkowitz O, Whelan J, Lewsey MG (2020) Temporal tissue-specific regulation of transcriptomes during barley (Hordeum vulgare) seed germination. The Plant Journal 101(3):700-715.

Mapping soluble ions in plant tissues
Shelden MC, Gilbert SE, Tyerman SD (2019) A laser ablation technique maps differences in elemental composition in roots of two barley cultivars subjected to salinity stress. THE PLANT JOURNAL

The lipid homeostasis/mitochondrial link
Li L, Lavell A, Meng X, Berkowitz O, Selinski J, van de Meene A, Carrie C, Benning C, Whelan J, De Clercq I, Wang Y (2019) Arabidopsis DGD1 SUPPRESSOR 1 is a Subunit of the Mitochondrial Contact Site and Cristae Organizing System and Affects Mitochondrial Biogenesis. THE PLANT CELL 31(8):1856-1878.

Restorer-of-fertility gene discovery
Melonek J, Zhou R, Bayer PE, Edwards D, Stein N, Small I (2019) High intraspecific diversity of Restorer-of-fertility-like genes in barley. The Plant Journal 97 281-295

Exploring and understanding heterosis
Vacher M, Small I (2019) Simulation of heterosis in a genome-scale metabolic network provides mechanistic explanations for increased biomass production rates in hybrid plants. NPJ SYSTEMS BIOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS (5)24

Understanding aquaporins in seed-water relations
Hoai TT P, Tyerman SD, Schnell N, Tucker M, McGaughey SA, Qiu J, Groszmann M, Byrt CS (2020) Deciphering aquaporin regulation and roles in seed biology. Journal of Experimental Botany erz555

New understanding of PPR protein family evolution
Gutmann, B., Royan, S., Schallenberg-Rüdinger, M., Lenz, H., Castleden, I. R., Mcdowell, R., Vacher, M. A., Tonti-Filippini, J., Bond, C. S., Knoop, V. and Small, I. D. (2020) 'The Expansion and Diversification of Pentatricopeptide Repeat RNA-Editing Factors in Plants', Molecular Plant, 13(2), pp. 215-230.

Is Phytic Acid Impacting our Zinc and Iron Nutrition?
Tran, B.T., Cavagnaro, T.R., Watts-Williams, S.J. (2019) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal inoculation and soil zinc fertilisation affect the productivity and the bioavailability of zinc and iron in durum wheat. Mycorrhiza, 29(445-457)