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Transcriptomic Identification of a Unique Set of Nodule-Specific Cysteine-Rich Peptides Expressed in the Nitrogen-Fixing Root Nodule of Astragalus sinicus

Feng Wei et al. identified Nodule-Specific Cysteine-Rich (NCR) peptides from Astragalus sinicus and showed that AsNCRs expression depends on rhizobial peptide transporter encoded by the BacA gene. They established that AsNCR067 promotes rhizobial growth, whereas AsNCR083 expression in rhizobia disrupts late nodule development and bacteroid differentiation. This research highlights that NCR peptides are plant-encoded checkpoints for rhizobial differentiation in nodules and can be used as a tool to modify legume-rhizobia symbiosis.

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The MPMI Guide to Writing a Successful Research Paper

In a work environment ruled by the "publish or perish" principle, researchers are constantly looking to publish more research in prestigious journals. However, throughout our scientific careers, we are all chased by the ghost of journal rejection. The MPMI senior editors discuss some of the points they consider fundamental for writing an outstanding scientific paper and getting it accepted. Photo: Nick Morrison on Unsplash​​

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