Back in Lockdown – for the 4th time

Since Friday, May 28th, we are back in complete lockdown, with no access to the lab. Let’s see for how long we are going this time. Originally slated to only last until Friday, June 04th, it looks like it will go longer.

Chapter 5 of the Short History of Plant Science is published

The fifth chapter of the Short History of Plant Science is now published as a preprint via Zenodo. This chapter deals with plant light microscopy, and covers topics such as Robert Hooke coining the term ‘cell’ to describe ‘cells’ while imaging cork in the 17th century, the development of the Cell Theory by Schleiden and Schwann, the revolution that was brought upon all microscopists with the parallel development of the Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope and GFP as a protein tag, and finally the more recent developments such as Super-Resolution Microscopy, Vertical-Stage Microscopes or Light-Sheet Microscopes.

Chapter 5 is online here:

Two Summaries of the main events covered can be found here
and here:

And all chapters are on the main page of the Series here:

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

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.

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