Liu contributed to a Spotlight Article for Molecular Plant

Liu has contributed to a Spotlight article for Molecular Plant, discussing recent findings by Yan et al. (2020), that pectins, more precisely β-1,4-galactans of rhamnogalacturonan I (RGI), play an important role in the plant’s salt stress response.

Salt with a sweet-tooth: Galactan synthesis impacts salt tolerance in Arabidopsis
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molp.2021.01.011




Lockdown extended until October 26th

So the Corona-Lockdown has been extended until October 26th. At that point it will be seven months that we have not been allowed to do anything but essential tasks (keeping plant lines alive, etc.).

A pretty bad year for everybody here at BioSciences UniMelb.



The next Review from the Team is online in Annals of Botany

Following the ‘Plant science’s next top models‘ review with contribution from Marc, we can already announce the next review from the team in Annals of Botany.

Liu is the first author on a new review discussing the links between phytohormone signalling and cellulose synthesis:

Associations between phytohormones and cellulose biosynthesis in land plants

Liu has covered abscisic acid, gibberellic acid, ethylene, salicylic acid and strigolactone, while Bret E. Hart from the lab of Ian Wallace has contributed parts on brassinosteroids, auxin and cytokinin, and Ghazanfar A. Khan from the Staffan Persson lab has contributed a paragraph on jasmonic acid.


Partial return to campus

Since restrictions have been partially lifted here in Victoria, we are now slowly returning back to campus. We still only have limited access to the different institutes and facilities, but at least we can work in the lab and office again for a couple of days per week. Better than nothing.


Our Review on new Model Plants is now online in its final, copy-edited version

Our review, ‘Plant Science’s next top models’, is now online in its final, copy-edited version. It is part of the latest issue of Annals of Botany.

https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcaa063

Good to see it in this form.

See also this Twitter thread:


Lockdown continues

As restrictions are easing over Victoria and Australia, we are still in Lockdown unfortunately. What makes matters worse is that we (the School of BioSciences) are not given much information from the Faculty, so we have no idea when we’ll be allowed back. Very annoying. Things would be easier with reliable information…


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