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    Investigating the Shape of the Shoot Apical Meristem in Bamboo Using a Superellipse Equation
    Authors:  Qiang Wei and Peijian Shi, date: 12/05/2017, view: 95, Q&A: 0
    The shoot apical meristem is the origin of bamboo wood. Its structure and morphology are important for maintaining the normal development of bamboo wood. However, the traditional method to describe the morphology of the shoot apical meristem in ...
    Automatic Leaf Epidermis Assessment Using Fourier Descriptors in Texture Images
    The identification of plant species is not a trivial task, since it is carried out by experts and depends on the presence of fruits, flowers and leaves. However, fruits and flowers are not available throughout the year, while leaves are accessible ...
    Genome Editing in Diatoms Using CRISPR-Cas to Induce Precise Bi-allelic Deletions
    Genome editing in diatoms has recently been established for the model species Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Thalassiosira pseudonana. The present protocol, although developed for T. pseudonana, can be modified to edit any ...
    Using Light and Electron Microscopy to Estimate Structural Variation in Thylakoid Membranes
    Authors:  Hatsumi Nozue and Kiyokazu Kametani, date: 12/05/2017, view: 90, Q&A: 0
    The shapes of chloroplasts and the architectures of internal thylakoid membranes are altered by growth and environmental changes (Lichtenthaler et al., 1981; Kutik, 1985; Terashima and Hikosaka, 1995). These morphological alterations ...
    Investigating the Shape of the Shoot Apical Meristem in Bamboo Using a Superellipse Equation
    Authors:  Qiang Wei and Peijian Shi, date: 12/05/2017, view: 95, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The shoot apical meristem is the origin of bamboo wood. Its structure and morphology are important for maintaining the normal development of bamboo wood. However, the traditional method to describe the morphology of the shoot apical meristem in bamboo or other plants only depends on qualitative approaches. Here we present a protocol for precisely ...
    Automatic Leaf Epidermis Assessment Using Fourier Descriptors in Texture Images
    [Abstract] The identification of plant species is not a trivial task, since it is carried out by experts and depends on the presence of fruits, flowers and leaves. However, fruits and flowers are not available throughout the year, while leaves are accessible most of the year. In order to assist the specialized work of species identification, methods of ...
    Genome Editing in Diatoms Using CRISPR-Cas to Induce Precise Bi-allelic Deletions
    [Abstract] Genome editing in diatoms has recently been established for the model species Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Thalassiosira pseudonana. The present protocol, although developed for T. pseudonana, can be modified to edit any diatom genome as we utilize the flexible, modular Golden Gate cloning system. The main steps include ...
    Using Light and Electron Microscopy to Estimate Structural Variation in Thylakoid Membranes
    Authors:  Hatsumi Nozue and Kiyokazu Kametani, date: 12/05/2017, view: 90, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The shapes of chloroplasts and the architectures of internal thylakoid membranes are altered by growth and environmental changes (Lichtenthaler et al., 1981; Kutik, 1985; Terashima and Hikosaka, 1995). These morphological alterations proceed via transitional intermediates, during which dynamic and heterogeneous thylakoid membranes are ...
    Design and Direct Assembly of Synthesized Uracil-containing Non-clonal DNA Fragments into Vectors by USERTM Cloning
    [Abstract] This protocol describes how to order and directly assemble uracil-containing non-clonal DNA fragments by uracil excision based cloning (USER cloning). The protocol was generated with the goal of making synthesized non-clonal DNA fragments directly compatible with USERTM cloning. The protocol is highly efficient and would be compatible ...
    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: 251, 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 ...
    Generation and Selection of Transgenic Olive Plants
    Authors:  Elena Palomo-Ríos, Sergio Cerezo, Jose Ángel Mercado and Fernando Pliego-Alfaro, date: 11/20/2017, view: 384, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Olive (Olea europaea L.) is one of the most important oil crops in the Mediterranean basin. Biotechnological improvement of this species is hampered by the recalcitrant nature of olive tissue to regenerate in vitro. In previous investigations, our group has developed a reliable Agrobacterium-mediated transformation ...
    [Bio101] MTT Assay for Cytotoxicity Assessment in Oryza sativa Root Tissue
    Authors:  Snehalata Majumdar, Titir Guha and Rita Kundu, date: 11/20/2017, view: 184, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cytotoxicity of different compounds are commonly evaluated by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. This assay is mainly used to study cell viability in cell lines (Carmichael et al., 1987). In this study, the protocol is being used to determine the cell viability of plant roots, treated with different ...
    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: 286, 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 ...
    Trimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (TriFC) Assay for Direct Visualization of RNA-Protein Interaction in planta
    Authors:  Jun Sung Seo and Nam-Hai Chua, date: 10/20/2017, view: 579, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] RNA-Protein interactions play important roles in various eukaryotic biological processes. Molecular imaging of subcellular localization of RNA/protein complexes in plants is critical for understanding these interactions. However, methods to image RNA-Protein interactions in living plants have not yet been developed until now. Recently, we have ...