Awakening the Botanical Beauty: The Magic of Arabinogalactan Proteins

“Sleeping Beauty” is a classic fairy tale written by the Grimm Brothers, depicting the unfortunate princess cursed by a magical fairy to sleep for a hundred years. This timeless bedtime story surely evokes cherished childhood memories for many. However, a recent collaborative research effort between Dr. Ooi-Kock Teh from the Institute of Plant and Microbial …

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Decoding Fungal Evasion Tactics in Plant Immunity

In the intricate balance of nature, every biological kingdom competes for vital resources essential to their survival in specific habitats. This struggle is particularly critical for plant kingdoms due to their inability to move. Unlike animals, plants cannot relocate to evade threats or adverse conditions. Consequently, they face numerous challenges, including coping with dramatic climate …

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Combat Strategies of Agrobacteria: Navigating Competition and Defense

Microorganisms, encompassing bacteria, fungi, viruses, and beyond, are tiny life forms pervading our planet. They dwell in soil, water, air, and even within our own bodies. Despite frequently escaping our notice in our day-to-day routines, rigorous scientific research has overwhelmingly underscored their paramount role within Earth’s intricate ecosystems. Indeed, microorganisms can be rightfully regarded as …

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How to Predict Successful Plant Transformation Through the Epigenetic Code of DNA?

In the world of technology, we can not only track the movement of stars, but also delve into the intricate and fascinating cells of plants. Maybe you were familiar with the term “genetically modified” or “GMO,” which represents a captivating scientific technique to cultivate plants artificially in order to enhance their beauty, flavors strength, and …

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Exploring Glutamine (Gln) in Plants: The Vital Roles in Growth, Metabolism, and Defense

The Earth’s ecological environment is intricately linked to our lives. Plants play a vital role in the ecosystem, indispensable in maintaining life and ecological balance on our planet. In addition to providing food and oxygen, plants can regulate and safeguard the entire ecosystem. Despite our extensive understanding of plants, many mysteries surround how they coordinate …

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The Importance of Protein Stability: The Role of Upstream Open Reading Frames

The term “circadian clock” is commonly used to describe the perception of time and the establishment of the circadian rhythm in humans. However, plants also possess a similar circadian clock system that regulates their growth state by sensing environmental signals through a series of gene expression regulations. Various factors can influence gene expression in both …

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Helping Plants Make More Cells During Drought Stress

Living on this beautiful blue planet, we often appreciate a variety of exquisite plants. However, as climate change intensifies, our Earth is facing an unprecedented challenge. The issues of drought and decreased rainfall pose threats to our crops and plant ecosystems, highlighting the critical importance of plant drought tolerance. So, how do plants respond to …

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