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Ratiometric imaging of the cell wall pH of an Arabidopsis trichome. By Firas Bou Daher

Ratiometric imaging of the cell wall pH of an Arabidopsis trichome. A dual green and red marker targeting the apoplast is used as an indicator for wall acidity. More green fluorescence indicates more alkaline areas whereas more red fluorescence coincides with zones of lower pH. This micrograph is a maximum projection of 934 images made using a Leica SP8 confocal microscope.
Ratiometric imaging of the cell wall pH of an Arabidopsis trichome. By Firas Bou Daher
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Calcofluor stained root with ectopic expression of VND7, a regulator of xylem vessel development.

Calcofluor stained root with ectopic expression of VND7, a regulator of xylem vessel development.
Calcofluor stained root with ectopic expression of VND7, a regulator of xylem vessel development.
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How to become a giant cell? Fluctuations in a key regulator guide cell size in flower organs.

Mar 06, 2017

A key regulator has been discovered to determine cell size in flowers through random fluctuations. Counterintuitively, this randomness can lead to patterns. This finding helps us to understand how biological patterns are initiated, how shape and size are determined during growth, and may lead to important discoveries improving crop yields.

Ottoline Leyser honoured with the 2017 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award

Jan 09, 2017

EMBO and FEBS announce SLCU Director Professor Ottoline Leyser as the recipient of the tenth FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award.

Plant ‘thermometer’ discovered that triggers springtime budding by measuring night-time heat

Oct 27, 2016

A photoreceptor molecule in plant cells has been found to moonlight as a thermometer after dark – allowing plants to read seasonal temperature changes. Scientists say the discovery could help breed crops that are more resilient to the temperatures expected to result from climate change.

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