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    Estimation of Silica Cell Silicification Level in Grass Leaves Using in situ Charring Method
    Authors:  Santosh Kumar and Rivka Elbaum, date: 11/20/2017, view: 68, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Silica cells are specialized leaf epidermal cells in grasses with almost the whole cell volume filled with solid silica. In sorghum, silica deposition in silica cells takes place in young, elongating leaves around the mid-length of the leaf. We developed a protocol for estimating the level of silica cell silicification in Sorghum bicolor ...
    Isolation of Rice Stripe Virus Preparation from Viruliferous Small Brown Planthoppers and Mechanic Inoculation on Rice
    Authors:  Wan Zhao, Le Kang and Feng Cui, date: 11/05/2017, view: 174, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Tenuiviruses can infect the plants of the family Poaceae, and cause serious loss of crops, particularly rice and maize, in South-Eastern Asian countries. Tenuiviruses usually depend on insect vectors for their transmission and cannot be transmitted between plants through wounds or abrasions. Rice stripe virus (RSV), a typical member of ...
    Monitoring Xylem Hydraulic Pressure in Woody Plants
    [Abstract] Xylem sap circulates under either positive or negative hydraulic pressure in plants. Negative hydraulic pressure (i.e., tension) is the most common situation when transpiration is high, and several devices have been developed to quantify it accurately (e.g., Scholander pressure chamber, psychrometers). However, a proper ...
    Establishing a Symbiotic Interface between Cultured Ectomycorrhizal Fungi and Plants to Follow Fungal Phosphate Metabolism
    [Abstract] In ectomycorrhizal plants, the fungal cells colonize the roots of their host plant to create new organs called ectomycorrhizae. In these new organs, the fungal cells colonize the walls of the cortical cells, bathing in the same apoplasm as the plant cells in a space named the ‘Hartig net’, where exchanges between the two partners take place. ...
    Polyamine and Paraquat Transport Assays in Arabidopsis Seedling and Callus
    Authors:  Haoxi Chai, Yun Shen and Huazhong Shi, date: 08/05/2017, view: 661, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Polyamines (PAs) are polycationic compounds found in all living organisms and play crucial roles in growth and survival. We here show the ‘Polyamine and paraquat (PQ) transport assay’ protocol, which can be used to examine the uptake activity of PA/PQ transporters. We have used this protocol to demonstrate that PUT3 in Arabidopsis is a ...
    Rice Lamina Joint Inclination Assay
    Authors:  Hsing-Yi Li, Hsin-Mei Wang and Seonghoe Jang, date: 07/20/2017, view: 1003, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Brassinosteroids (BRs) promote rice lamina inclination. Recently, we showed that OsBUL1 knockout mutant rice (osbul1) is defective in brassinosteroid signaling (Jang et al., 2017). To show that lamina joint inclination of osbul1 is less-sensitive than WT to exogenous brassinolide (BL) treatment in the lamina ...
    Assessing Plant Tolerance to Acute Heat Stress
    Authors:  Minsoo Kim, Fionn McLoughlin, Eman Basha and Elizabeth Vierling, date: 07/20/2017, view: 877, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] It is well-established that plants are able to acclimate to temperatures above or below the optimal temperature for their growth. Here, we provide protocols for assays that can be used quantitatively or qualitatively to assess the relative ability of plants to acquire tolerance to high temperature stress. The hypocotyl elongation assay described ...
    Non-invasive Protocol for Kinematic Monitoring of Root Growth under Infrared Light
    [Abstract] Phenotyping the dynamics of root responses to environmental cues is necessary to understand plant acclimation to their environment. Continuous monitoring of root growth is challenging because roots normally grow belowground and are very sensitive to their growth environment. This protocol combines infrared imaging with hydroponic cultivation for ...
    Separation of Plant 6-Phosphogluconate Dehydrogenase (6PGDH) Isoforms by Non-denaturing Gel Electrophoresis
    [Abstract] 6-Phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6PGDH; EC 1.1.1.44) catalyzes the third and irreversible reaction of the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP). It carries out the oxidative decarboxylation of the 6-phosphogluconate to yield ribulose-5-phosphate, carbon dioxide and NADPH. In higher plants, 6PGDH has several subcellular localizations including cytosol, ...
    Determination of the Effects of Local and Systemic Iron Excess on Lateral Root Initiation in Arabidopsis thaliana
    Authors:  Guangjie Li, Lin Zhang and Weiming Shi, date: 07/05/2017, view: 775, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Root system architecture depends on nutrient availability. A symptom of iron (Fe) toxicity in plants is stunted root growth, yet little is known about the effects of excess Fe on lateral root (LR) development. To better understand how nutrient signals are integrated into root developmental programs, we investigated the morphological response of ...