Advances and Opportunities in Single-Cell Transcriptomics for Plant Research

Carolin Seyfferth, Jim Renema, Jos R. Wendrich, Thomas Eekhout, Ruth Seurinck, Niels Vandamme, Bernhard Blob, Yvan Saeys, Yrjo Helariutta, Kenneth D. Birnbaum, Bert De Rybel

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Single-cell approaches are quickly changing our view on biological systems by increasing the spatiotemporal resolution of our analyses to the level of the individual cell. The field of plant biology has fully embraced single-cell transcriptomics and is rapidly expanding the portfolio of available technologies and applications. In this review, we give an overview of the main advances in plant single-cell transcriptomics over the past few years and provide the reader with an accessible guideline covering all steps, from sample preparation to data analysis. We end by offering a glimpse of how these technologies will shape and accelerate plant-specific research in the near future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-866
Number of pages20
JournalAnnual Review of Plant Biology
StatePublished - Jun 17 2021


  • cell atlas
  • cell trajectory
  • plant transcriptomics
  • protoplast
  • scRNA-seq

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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