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    Agrobacterium-mediated Transformation of Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
    Authors:  Natasha Navet and Miaoying Tian, date: 11/20/2020, view: 525, Q&A: 1

    Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a popular herb with high economic value and is currently threatened by a severe oomycete disease. An efficient transformation method is a prerequisite for gene functional analysis to accelerate molecular breeding

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    Agrobacterium-mediated Transformation of Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
    Authors:  Natasha Navet and Miaoying Tian, date: 11/20/2020, view: 525, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract]

    Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a popular herb with high economic value and is currently threatened by a severe oomycete disease. An efficient transformation method is a prerequisite for gene functional analysis to accelerate molecular breeding and deploy effective disease management strategies, and breeding through genetic engineering. Here we

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    K+ Release Assay and K+ Measurement in Oocyte Assay
    Author:  Hong Li, date: 11/05/2020, view: 551, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Xenopus oocyte is a powerful system for the exogenous expression and functional characterization of plant membrane transport proteins. Until now, a number of potassium transporters and channels have been identified in oocytes expression system by the two-electrode voltage clamp technology. It is difficult to characterize K+ ...
    Acidified Blue Ink-staining Procedure for the Observation of Fungal Structures Inside Roots of Two Disparate Plant Lineages
    Authors:  Jill Kowal, Elena Arrigoni and Sophie Lane, date: 10/20/2020, view: 344, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Identifying microscopic mycorrhizal fungal structures in roots, i.e., hyphae, vesicles and arbuscules, requires root staining procedures that are often time consuming and involves chemicals known to present health risks from exposure. By modifying established protocols, our root staining method stains roots using a safe ink- and ...
    Low-cost and High-throughput RNA-seq Library Preparation for Illumina Sequencing from Plant Tissue
    Authors:  Marta Bjornson, Kaisa Kajala, Cyril Zipfel and Pingtao Ding, date: 10/20/2020, view: 718, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Transcriptome analysis can provide clues to biological processes affected in different genetic backgrounds or/and under various conditions. The price of RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) has decreased enough so that medium- to large-scale transcriptome analyses in a range of conditions are feasible. However, the price and variety of options for library ...
    Quantification of Methylglyoxal Levels in Cowpea Leaves in Response to Cowpea Aphid Infestation
    [Abstract] Aphids are a serious pest of crops across the world. Aphids feed by inserting their flexible hypodermal needlelike mouthparts, or stylets, into their host plant tissues. They navigate their way to the phloem where they feed on its sap causing little mechanical damage to the plant. Additionally, while feeding, aphids secrete proteinaceous effectors ...
    Dual sgRNA-based Targeted Deletion of Large Genomic Regions and Isolation of Heritable Cas9-free Mutants in Arabidopsis
    Authors:  Yu Jin and Sebastian Marquardt, date: 10/20/2020, view: 554, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] CRISPR/Cas9 system directed by a gene-specific single guide RNA (sgRNA) is an effective tool for genome editing such as deletions of few bases in coding genes. However, targeted deletion of larger regions generate loss-of-function alleles that offer a straightforward starting point for functional dissections of genomic loci. We present an ...
    Multitarget Immunohistochemistry for Confocal and Super-resolution Imaging of Plant Cell Wall Polysaccharides
    Authors:  Kalina T. Haas, Methieu Rivière, Raymond Wightman and Alexis Peaucelle, date: 10/05/2020, view: 843, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The plant cell wall (PCW) is a pecto-cellulosic extracellular matrix that envelopes the plant cell. By integrating extra-and intra-cellular cues, PCW mediates a plethora of essential physiological functions. Notably, it permits controlled and oriented tissue growth by tuning its local mechano-chemical properties. To refine our knowledge of these ...
    A Protocol for Flavonols, Kaempferol and Quercetin, Staining in Plant Root Tips
    Author:  Nguyen Hoai Nguyen, date: 10/05/2020, view: 568, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Flavonols are a subclass of flavonoids of the group of plant secondary metabolites. In planta, flavonols play various functions such as antioxidant and natural regulator of auxin polar transport. Many lines of evidence have shown that flavonols also contribute to human health in anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, and even prevention some ...
    Expression and Purification of Arabidopsis Transmembrane Protein BCM1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Authors:  Peng Wang and Bernhard Grimm, date: 09/20/2020, view: 689, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Heterologous expression and purification of transmembrane proteins have remained a challenge for decades hampering detailed biochemical and structural characterization of key enzymes and their interacting regulators in multiple metabolic pathways. An in-depth study on the newly identified Arabidopsis thaliana integral membrane protein ...
    Production and Bioassay of a Diffusible Factor that Induces Gametophyte-to-Sporophyte Developmental Reprogramming in the Brown Alga Ectocarpus
    [Abstract] The brown alga Ectocarpus has a haploid-diploid life cycle that involves alternation between two multicellular generations, the sporophyte and the gametophyte. Life cycle generation is not determined by ploidy but by a genetic system that includes two different three amino acid loop extension homeodomain transcription factors called ...



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