IBMCP works in journal covers
This year several IBMCP papers reached the cover of important journals.
A recent research of the Plant Virus Biotechnology group at IBMCP has shown the key role of the gene DCL4 in restricting virus systemic movement in plants. Scientists constructed a recombinant infectious clone of zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV), tagged with the visual marker Rosea1 (ZYMV-Ros1), and inoculated a series of Nicotiana benthamiana plants silenced in the different Dicer-like (DCL) genes. In contrast to what occurred in wild-type plants, the virus was able to efficiently move systemically in plants in which the gene DCL4 was knock-down (see article).
The journal Science published and remarked in the cover a work done with the collaboration of the researchers at the IBMCP Antonio Granell and Antonio Monforte ("A chemical genetic roadmap to improved tomato flavor", Science 355 (6323): 391-394). In this work, genes controlling the production of 13 flavor-associated chemicals existing in heirloom varieties but barely present in commercial ones have been identified. They will hopefully be used as molecular tools to improve the flavor in commercial varieties of tomato.
Another cover showing work done at the IBMCP is in the February 2017 issue of 'Molecular Plant Pathology', with an image from the paper of the IBMCP researchers Vicente Pallás and Frederic Aparicio, at the group of Plant Molecular Virology ("The coat protein of Alfalfa mosaic virus interacts and interferes with the transcriptional activity of the bHLH transcription factor ILR3 promoting salicylic acid-dependent defence signalling response", Molecular Plant Pathology 18 (2): 173-186). The image shows a cell co-expressing NtNEET:GFP (green) and the mitochondrial marker mt-rk CD3-991 (red). Autofluorescence of chlorophyll in chloroplasts is shown in magenta. The overlay reveals that NtNEET protein accumulates within the chloroplast.
The IBMCP also reached a cover in the journal "Plant Physiology" with an image from a paper of the Hormone signaling of fruit and seed development, where the role of giberelins on ovule develpment is first described (see article).
Also, researchers from several labs at the IBMCP reached a cover in "Journal of Experimental Botany" with a work on evolution by duplication of transcription factors involved in flowering in Medicago truncatula (see article).