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Science 304 (5676): 1461-1462

Copyright © 2004 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Yoda Would Be Proud: Valves for Land Plants

Fred D. Sack

Stomata are structures in the plant epidermis that control the exchange of gases between the plant and its environment. In his Perspective, Sack discusses new work (Bergmann et al.) that identifies the kinase YODA as a key regulator of the formation of stomata in the model plant Arabidopsis.

The author is in the Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA. E-mail: sack.1{at}

Cryptochromes, Phytochromes, and COP1 Regulate Light-Controlled Stomatal Development in Arabidopsis.
C.-Y. Kang, H.-L. Lian, F.-F. Wang, J.-R. Huang, and H.-Q. Yang (2009)
PLANT CELL 21, 2624-2641
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Stomatal Development and Patterning Are Regulated by Environmentally Responsive Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases in Arabidopsis.
H. Wang, N. Ngwenyama, Y. Liu, J. C. Walker, and S. Zhang (2007)
PLANT CELL 19, 63-73
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{gamma}-Tubulin Is Essential for Acentrosomal Microtubule Nucleation and Coordination of Late Mitotic Events in Arabidopsis.
P. Binarova, V. Cenklova, J. Prochazkova, A. Doskocilova, J. Volc, M. Vrlik, and L. Bogre (2006)
PLANT CELL 18, 1199-1212
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Stomatal Patterning and Differentiation by Synergistic Interactions of Receptor Kinases.
E. D. Shpak, J. M. McAbee, L. J. Pillitteri, and K. U. Torii (2005)
Science 309, 290-293
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