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 < 2017 vol58 (7) >
Sensors and Sensing in Plants
As sessile organisms, plants rely on a range of molecular and biochemical sensors to be able to dynamically perceive fluxes in their environment and co-ordinate the appropriate-level response. In this special focus issue we are pleased to present three reviews and six regular articles describing some of the latest exciting research into man-made or endogenous intra- and intercellular sensors and sensing systems in plants.
Top left, cytosolic-free calcium ion distribution in the elongation zone of a barley root loaded with Oregon Green indicator and visualised with Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging by confocal microscopy (image supplied by Feifei Wang and the Western Sydney University Confocal Bio-Imaging Facility). Top right, false-coloured confocal image of in vitro germinated pollen from an Arabidopsis thaliana strain that lacks a functional version of the mechanosensitive ion channel MSL8. Expelled cytoplasm from bursting pollen appears blue, while callose (stained with aniline blue) appears white (see also Hamilton and Haswell 2017, pp. 1222-1237of this issue). Bottom left, confocal fluorescence image showing polar localization of diacylglycerol (DAG) in young bulging root hairs of 5-day old Arabidopsis seedlings expressing the DAG biosensor, 35S::YFP-C1aPKC (see Vermeer et al. 2017, pp. 1196-1207 of this issue). Bottom right, 3-D reconstruction of an Arabidopsis seedling root expressing the cytosolic localized calcium probe Cameleon YC3.6 imaged by means of light sheet microscopy. The image was obtained by combining 250 Z-stacks spaced every 1.48 µm and is shown in false colours (Green Fire Blue-lut)(see Candeo et al. 2017, pp. 1161-1172 of this issue).