Table of Contents: The Promise of Plant Translational Research


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As the world's human population continues to expand, and as water resources come under increasing pressure and pathogens that cause devastating crop losses continue to spread in the face of increased global commerce and climate change, there is a pressing need for plant research to contribute solutions to improving food security in a sustainable and safe way.

Plant translational research - the development of basic plant research discoveries into technologies or approaches that improve agriculture - has a vital role to play in meeting these challenges, and given the importance of research in this field, PLOS believes that such work should be published in open access journals, ensuring that it reaches the widest possible audience without any barriers to access.

The technical advances highlighted in this PLOS Collection exemplify how basic research discoveries are being translated into methods to develop and improve, both agriculturally and environmentally, important crop traits.

At PLOS, we are committed to supporting breakthroughs in both basic and translational plant science. We encourage plant researchers to submit their high quality plant research and, in particular, plant research that has clear translational possibilities.

The Collection was produced with the support of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Collection will be updated periodically with new Plant Translational Research.


New Horizons for Plant Translational Research

Jane Alfred, Jeffery L. Dangl, Sophien Kamoun, Susan R. McCouch


Key Applications of Plant Metabolic Engineering

Warren Lau, Michael A. Fischbach, Anne Osbourn, Elizabeth S. Sattely


Research Articles

FAX1, a Novel Membrane Protein Mediating Plastid Fatty Acid Export

Nannan Li, Irene Luise Gügel, Patrick Giavalisco, Viktoria Zeisler, Lukas Schreiber, Jürgen Soll, Katrin Philippar

Genome-wide Association Mapping Identifies a New Arsenate Reductase Enzyme Critical for Limiting Arsenic Accumulation in Plants

Dai-Yin Chao, Yi Chen, Jiugeng Chen, Shulin Shi, Ziru Chen, Chengcheng Wang, John M. Danku, Fang-Jie Zhao, David E. Salt

A Trihelix DNA Binding Protein Counterbalances Hypoxia-Responsive Transcriptional Activation in Arabidopsis

Beatrice Giuntoli, Seung Cho Lee, Francesco Licausi, Monika Kosmacz, Teruko Oosumi, Joost T. van Dongen, Julia Bailey-Serres, Pierdomenico Perata

The Bacterial Effector HopX1 Targets JAZ Transcriptional Repressors to Activate Jasmonate Signaling and Promote Infection in Arabidopsis

Selena Gimenez-Ibanez, Marta Boter, Gemma Fernández-Barbero, Andrea Chini, John P. Rathjen, Roberto Solano

Hyperparasitoids Use Herbivore-Induced Plant Volatiles to Locate Their Parasitoid Host

Erik H. Poelman, Maaike Bruinsma, Feng Zhu, Berhane T. Weldegergis, Aline E. Boursault, Yde Jongema, Joop J. A. van Loon, Louise E. M. Vet, Jeffrey A. Harvey, Marcel Dicke

Code-Assisted Discovery of TAL Effector Targets in Bacterial Leaf Streak of Rice Reveals Contrast with Bacterial Blight and a Novel Susceptibility Gene

Raul A. Cernadas, Erin L. Doyle, David O. Niño-Liu, Katherine E. Wilkins, Timothy Bancroft, Li Wang, Clarice L. Schmidt, Rico Caldo, Bing Yang, Frank F. White, Dan Nettleton, Roger P. Wise, Adam J. Bogdanove

Metabolic Profiling of a Mapping Population Exposes New Insights in the Regulation of Seed Metabolism and Seed, Fruit, and Plant Relations

David Toubiana, Yaniv Semel, Takayuki Tohge, Romina Beleggia, Luigi Cattivelli, Leah Rosental, Zoran Nikoloski, Dani Zamir, Alisdair R. Fernie, Aaron Fait

From Many, One: Genetic Control of Prolificacy during Maize Domestication

David M. Wills, Clinton J. Whipple, Shohei Takuno, Lisa E. Kursel, Laura M. Shannon, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, John F. Doebley

DWARF TILLER1, a WUSCHEL-Related Homeobox Transcription Factor, Is Required for Tiller Growth in Rice

Wenfei Wang, Gang Li, Jun Zhao, Huangwei Chu, Wenhui Lin, Dabing Zhang, Zhiyong Wang, Wanqi Liang

Identification of Rice Transcription Factors Associated with Drought Tolerance Using the Ecotilling Method

Shunwu Yu, Fengxian Liao, Feiming Wang, Weiwei Wen, Jiajia Li, Hanwei Mei, Lijun Luo

Unlocking the Genetic Diversity of Maize Landraces with Doubled Haploids Opens New Avenues for Breeding

Alexander Strigens, Wolfgang Schipprack, Jochen C. Reif, Albrecht E. Melchinger

Genetic Architecture of Delayed Senescence, Biomass, and Grain Yield under Drought Stress in Cowpea

Wellington Muchero, Philip A. Roberts, Ndeye N. Diop, Issa Drabo, Ndiaga Cisse, Timothy J. Close, Satoru Muranaka, Ousmane Boukar, Jeffrey D. Ehlers

Comprehensive Transcriptome Assembly of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Using Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing Platforms: Development and Applications

Himabindu Kudapa, Sarwar Azam, Andrew G. Sharpe, Bunyamin Taran, Rong Li, Benjamin Deonovic, Connor Cameron, Andrew D. Farmer, Steven B. Cannon, Rajeev K. Varshney

Unmasking Novel Loci for Internal Phosphorus Utilization Efficiency in Rice Germplasm through Genome-Wide Association Analysis

Matthias Wissuwa, Katsuhiko Kondo, Takuya Fukuda, Asako Mori, Michael T. Rose, Juan Pariasca-Tanaka, Tobias Kretzschmar, Stephan M. Haefele, Terry J. Rose