What We're Reading: Guest contributions

What We're Reading (WWR) is a weekly series on Plantae. In a time when research articles are constantly increasing every day, it's kind of challenging for all of us to keep the pace. WWR tries to cover exciting stories in summarized form. Mary Williams is the editor of this amazing series and along with her, other Plantae fellows, ASPB ambassadors, and plant biologists also contribute as well as. You may find the following article interesting to know details about WWR series. 
Why We're Writing "What We're Reading"
Apart from the ARIBIDOPSIS, I have made a commitment to write summaries regularly for WWR series. Sometimes, I try to contribute as a guest editor too. As I started to contribute from last year, I have realized that it would be beneficial for me and my readers, followers, and subscribers to have all contributed summaries for WWR in one particular place. To achieve this purpose, I'm going to consolidate every link of contributed summaries in this …

Mutant Series: SHY GIRL (SyGl)

It's been few months, I haven't share any whimsical or funny gene or mutant. Partly, I was extremely busy with manuscript writing (academic excuse!) and another way, just holding myself to start with a very exciting story out of my comfort zone. Recently, I read an amazing article and definitely involves a funny and logical name too. Here it goes. 

During the evolution of land plants, we mostly observe flowering plant capable of producing fruits. These flowering plants are known as "angiosperm in plant biology term. Among flowering plants, we sometimes see that male and female organ stay at the same time, called "hermaphroditism". But, there is another type, which has a more similar sexual system as human. In that case, an individual plant has either male or female identity like the human. This is known as "dioecious". In the evolutionary time scale, dioecious plants appear later.  

In case of human, we already know that Y chromosome contains male-determ…

Twin Seedlings

Twins: Biological facts
Not all of us are lucky enough to have twins! the point of mentioning it is that twin formation is not a regular event. In general, twins are formed in human embryos in two possible ways. Either, a single fertilized egg splits into two or separate eggs are fertilized two separate sperms. 

How plants maintain selectivity
The fundamental processes of life in plant system are analogous to the human system. In most plants, from the single embryo, they produce single seedling or plant. Usually, female germline starts with 1 MMC (megaspore mother cell) per ovule and becomes 4 megaspores through the process of meiosis. Out of these 4, only one survives to produce FM (functional megaspore) and other 3 megaspores undergo degeneration process. The only FM forms the embryo sac. This is how plant selectively let only one megaspore survive and for embryo sac. (Illustration is provided at the end of article). 
Does plant form twins
If we think about the formation of twins in huma…

Black Panther: Plant Biologist's Review

This weekend I went to the theater with friends to watch "Black Panther". Most of the times, I fall in sleep in the halfway of the movie. Fortunately, I didn't at this time. Apart from that, this movie implanted few questions in the viewer's mind. One issue is definitely about the "heart-shaped herb". 

Mythology and Technology of Wakanda
The story of the movie went way back to the history of Wakanda and the futuristic technological advancement of the tribe. There is a subtle link between their past and future. Their groundbreaking future technologies are based on Vibranium. In the past, the place was crashed by a huge meteorite containing Vibranium. It caused massive radiation, stayed in their environment till today and undoubtedly changed the ecology of Wakanda. It shaped the plant life in that region. The radiation-caused mutation gave rise to a diverse plant kingdom, which is rare in the other part of the world. The heart-shaped herb was one of the example…

Writing Endeavors 2017

2017 was a good year! I tried to spread myself to other blogs (Plantae, The Quiet Branches, Botany One, Bitesize Bio). In this blog, I focused only on two series: Why Arabidopsis Why & Mutant series. Hope that these two series will turn into the individual book in near future. 
This year we have crossed 10k views. It's ~11k right now. We have moved from Blogspot to an official domain. It's
I wrote first ever Haiku which was part of the competition in the Plantae blog. That event was inspired by Elemental Haiku from Science magazine. We may use #ChemHaiku on Twitter to find details. Coming back to the story, as a haiku lover, it was amazing to write the first one about the plant. 
Shoot goes usRoot explores downAll year round

One of the most useful series is What We're Reading in Plantae. It's a weekly effort from ASPB and Plantae fellows to summarize important research articles and present it to the wider audience. I contributed partially to two a…

Plant Biology Highlights: Science Articles 2017

It's almost the end of another amazing year. Undoubtedly, we came across amazing plant science stories all the year round. Like all other researchers, I regularly follow plant-specific journals (The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, Nature Plants, The Plant Journal, Journal of Experimental Botany, Molecular Plant, Plant, Cell & Environment, Plant, Cell & Physiology, Frontiers in Plant Science, Plant Direct and so on). Apart from that Cell, Science, Nature, PNAS, Nature Communication and other renowned journals cover plant science stories. At the end of this 2017, I've covered few great stories from Science in this post. 
Plant-soil feedback and the maintenance of diversity in Mediterranean-climate shrublands

Soil biota influence plant performance through plant-soil feedback, but it was unclear whether the strength of such feedback depends on plant traits and whether plant-soil feedback drives local plant diversity. They grew 16 co-occurring plant species with contrasting nut…