Plant & Cell Physiology
Plant and Cell Physiology (PCP) is the official publication of the Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists. From its inception in 1959, the title has included "Cell" to place emphasis on the fact that the Journal focuses not only on plant physiology, but also on botanical research at the cellular and subcellular level. It was with great foresight that "Cell" was included from the Journal's debut and that PCP retains this basic character even today.
Among the topics covered by this international journal, readers will find original articles presenting the latest information on physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, gene-engineering and cell biology as they pertain to plants and microorganisms. We became an online journal in 2000 and introduced online submission and refereeing on manuscripts in 2002. The volume each year consists of 12 monthly issues and one supplement, and our impact factor is now 4.931 (for 2014).
In cooperation with the other five top journals in the plant science field, we communicated a "Free Flow of Ideas, Information, and Materials" declaration in 2000. Plant and Cell Physiology is now recognized worldwide as one of the truly outstanding journals in plant sciences.
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Current Issue < 2019 vol60 (9) >
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a central molecule that controls a broad range of plant processes through the transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression. In this special focus issue organized by Misato Ohtani, Yukio Kurihara, Motoaki Seki and Martin Crespi, we feature six invited reviews and seven research articles that provide an overview of the current achievements in RNA-mediated gene regulation studies, as well as discussions on the future directions of plant RNA biology research.
The cover images represent some of the physiological processes regulated by RNA-based gene regulation mechanisms that are described in this issue. Top left and middle, Arabidopsis thaliana leaves of a wild type (left) and urm11 urm12 mutant (middle). False-colored images of mesophyll cells and confocal optical sections of leaves are also shown (for details, see Nakai et al. 2019, pp. 2026–2039). Top right, a regenerated shoot from callus derived from a wild-type Arabidopsis thaliana hypocotyl explant (see Chiam et al. 2019, pp. 2000–2014). Bottom left and middle, wild-type Arabidopsis thaliana plants grown under nitrogen-sufficient (right) and nitrogen-deficient (middle) conditions (see Fukuda et al. 2019, pp. 1961–1973). Bottom right, roots of wild-type (left) and of the light-sensitive root-hair development 1 (lrh1) mutant (right) grown under light conditions, while treatment with premRNA splicing inhibitor mimics the lrh1 phenotype (middle) (see Ishizawa et al. 2019, pp. 1974–1985).