Scientists unlock secrets of cell-surface receptor activation creating opportunities to engineer plant-microbe interactions

In a study combining structural biology, biochemical and genetic approaches, scientists showed that plant cell-surface receptors employ a mechanism for error correction responsible for the control of receptor activation and signaling select bacterial symbionts. This demonstration opens the door to potentially manipulating such receptors’ binding sites in legumes and other organisms in the future. Cell-surface

Scientists probe ferroelectric domains in curved free-standing superlattices

By growing superlattices consisting of ferroelectric and non-ferroelectric transition metal oxides and releasing them from their underlying substrates, researchers explore polarization patterns in curved geometries. Complex transition-metal oxides are often sensitive to strain and may display very different properties if their lattice is compressed or extended. This is especially true of ferroelectric materials, such as