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News 2023

Our protocol for long-term imaging of the cytoskeleton is available online in Methods in Molecular Biology

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Protocol for Developmental Cell paper online in STAR protocol

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Paper in Carbohydrate Polymer online

Paper on characteristics on starch in potato is now online here:

Cell Surface feature is now online

You can find it here:

Current Biology paper on WAK and secondary wall synthesis online

Paper is available here: A receptor-like kinase controls the amplitude of secondary cell wall synthesis in rice: Current Biology


Cell Surface feature accepted
Our Surface feature on carbon allocation and cell walls was just accepted in The Cell Surface. The piece was spearheaded by Delphine Pottier.

News 2022

Faculty 1000 evaluation of secondary wall review
Our review on secondary walls in Open biology was evaluated and recommended by Faculty of 1000. Read about it here: Faculty Opinions: Secondary cell wall patterning-connecting the dots, pits and helices.

Guillermo receives NNF postdoc fellowship
Guillermo receives funding for two years from NNF on a project to visualize cellulose synthase complexes via cryo-TE.

Staffan on funded Carlsberg grant
A Carlsberg grant on ants and plants, on which Staffan is a co-PI, led by Jonathan Shik, was just awarded.

Review on Cellulose synthesis in land plants out in Molecular Plant
This review, spearheaded by Gustav and Leonard, gives a substantial overview of the field of cellulose synthesis in land plants. Read it here:

Paper on RLK and secondary wall sensing accepted in Current Biology
In a great collaboration with Dabing Zhang and Wenguo Cai, we reveal how a certain RLK monitor pectin content during the transition between primary and secondary cell wall production.

Review on filament segmentation and quantification out in Comp. Struct. Biotech. J.
In this review, we give an overview on filament tracing and quantification. A nice piece of work by Isabella. Read it here:

Developmental Cell story highlighted in media
The halotropic root twisting story was highlighted in a press release from KU and picked up by several media outlets. Read the press release here:

Paper out in Developmental Cell
Our collaborative paper on root halotropism is now out in Dev Cell. Check it out here:

Paper accepted in Food Chemistry
Our collaborative paper with the Blennow group on yogurt and starch was just accepted in Food Chemistry. It can be found here:

Paper out in Plant Cell
Our review on primary plant cell walls and salt stress is now out in Plant Cell. Check it out here:

Paper accepted in Developmental Cell
In a nice collaboration with the Yang Zhao lab at the Stress Center in Shanghai, we show the mechanism behind halotropism of plant roots.

Kristian Frandsen receives a Villum Experiment grant
Kristian Frandsen, a postdoc in the group, just received a Villum Experiment grant on visualization of the CESA complex using electron microscopy related tools. Congratulations!

PNAS paper online
Our collaborative paper on TOR signalling and the actin cytoskeleton is now out in PNAS. Check it out here:

NNF Infrastructure success
A consortium led by Nikos Hatzakis, and where Staffan is Co-PI, recently successfully secured funding for a lattice light sheet microscope.

Delphine Pottier new PhD student
Delphine will join the lab as a PhD student Nov 1st. She will work on sugar signalling and carbon allocation.

Plant Physiology paper out
Check it out here:

Review on cellulose and salt stress accepted in Plant Cell
Our review on cellulose synthesis and salt stress was just accepted in the Plant Cell.

Staffan is elected into the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences

Paper accepted in PNAS
In a collaboration with the Yi Zhang lab at Beijing normal University we show how the TOR kinase impacts tha actin cytoskeleton in plant cell.

Leonard Blaschek receives an EMBO fellowship
Leonard Blaschek, who will join the Persson lab in August as a postdoc, received an EMBO fellowship for a joint project with the Kleine-Venn lab at BOKU. Congrats!

Two new postdocs to join the Persson lab in August 2022
Leonard Blaschek (from the Pesquet lab at KTH/SU) and Yang Wang (from the Sampathkumar lab at MPI) will join the lab in mid August.

Paper accepted in Plant Physiology
A nice joint effort with the lab of Dabing Zhang to understand how an ERF transcription factor functions in secondary wall synthesis and penduncle strength in rice

Paper accepted and out in Molecular Plant
This paper undertook an extensive GWAS and mGWAS in foxtail millet and outlines how certain health benefitting compounds have changed during domestication. Check it out here:

Paper accepted and out in Development
This paper contributes cytoskeletal markers for rice and outlines new interactions between the microtubules and the actin cytoskeleton. Check it out here:

Review paper out in Open Biology
Our review on secondary wall synthesis, focusing on the different inducible systems that have been used, is now out in Royal Societies Open Biology. Check it out here:

Paper out in Nature Plants
This paper shows that small xylan containing nano-domains drive metaxylem pit shape. The study was driven by Yihua Zhou and colleagues. Check it out here:  

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