News & Updates

  • How to make a DNA Bracelet
    Cross-posted from Kelsey Wood with permission. Kelsey is a PhD student at U.C. Davis. How to make a DNA bracelet, from any organism and any gene! I study plant-pathogen interactions, so I chose to make a sequence from a wild tobacco gene that is important for plant defense against pathogens. What ... Read More >
    Apr 26 2017
  • Sonny Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary
    Last evening, the Senate voted 87-11 to confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture.  Despite being one of the last cabinet nominees named, Perdue experienced a relatively easy confirmation process with considerable bipartisan support.  Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) used floor debate prior to the vote to ... Read More >
    Apr 25 2017
  • March for Science – the next steps
    Over the weekend thousands of scientists and supporters of science across the world took part in March for Science events from Washington, DC to Sydney, Australia. (Please see community statement, which ASPB joined, applauding the March for Science.)  Plant scientists and ASPB staff marched in support of the countless contributions ... Read More >
    Apr 24 2017
  • Launching Botany Live! for Fascination of Plants Day
    May 18th is the Fascination of Plants Day, and we want to help in this international effort to highlight the importance of plants and plant science. Therefore, we’re supporting the #BotanyLive e-event! In a nutshell, we’re asking planty folks (curious, enthusiasts, professionals) to share something about their fascination with plants ... Read More >
    Apr 23 2017
  • Where’s “What We’re Reading”?
    We’ve been cross-posting the What We’re Reading paper summaries on both the Plant Science Today blog (here) and the Plantae blog, but starting today we’ll only be publishing them on the Plantae blog, as we want to focus Plant Science Today on ASPB news and events. So get on over ... Read More >
    Apr 21 2017
  • Jenna Gallegos Awarded 2017 ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship
    Jenna E. Gallegos, from the University of California, Davis, has been selected to represent ASPB as the 2017 ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow. She will spend 10 weeks this summer training as a science journalist at the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. In June, Jenna will earn her ... Read More >
    Apr 20 2017
  • March for Science – Washington DC meet up information
    Are you planning to join us for the March for Science in Washington, DC this Saturday? We have designated 2 meet up locations and times. One at 9 AM and another one at 1:30 PM. If you plan to meet us, please look for our ASPB banner! ASPB timeline for Saturday, April ... Read More >
    Apr 20 2017
  • Let’s March!
    One way or another, the work we do as plant biologists has a positive impact on the planet and its inhabitants. And whether these impacts are direct or indirect, our research matters. But too often and for far too long the roles of science in society have been obscure, unseen, ... Read More >
    Apr 17 2017
  • What We’re Reading: April 14
    Note: Read Why We’re Writing “What We’re Reading” Review: Ion transport at the vacuole during stomatal movement Gas exchange and transpiration are regulated by the stomatal aperture, which is itself regulated by the changes in volume of the guard cells that overlie the stomatal pore. When triggered to open, solutes ... Read More >
    Apr 14 2017
  • Activating Your Inner Entrepreneur
    The fifth major symposium of Plant Biology 2017, organized by ASPB President Sally Mackenzie (University of Nebraska), is dedicated to entrepreneurship in plant science. Plant biology researchers in academic labs make important discoveries with implications for agriculture, bioenergy, biomaterials, and human health. How can you, the researcher, translate your discoveries ... Read More >
    Apr 12 2017
  • Fungal Frenemies in the Plant World
    The fourth major symposium of Plant Biology 2017, organized by Barbara Valent from Kansas State University, entitled “Plants and Fungi: Friends or Foes”, will highlight current research on the interactions between fungi and living plant cells and their applications for improving sustainability in agricultural systems. Rice blast and wheat blast ... Read More >
    Apr 12 2017
  • What We’re Reading: April 7
    Note: See Why We’re Writing “What We’re Reading” Review: Ammonium as a signal for physiological and morphological responses ($) Ammonium is one of the major forms in which nitrogen is assimilated. Besides being a nutrient, it also acts as signal that affects gene expression and root system architecture. Some ammonium-induced ... Read More >
    Apr 7 2017
  • Why we’re writing “What We’re Reading”
    In Episode 36 of the classic comedy television show I Love Lucy, Lucy and her friend Ethel get a job wrapping chocolates in a candy factory. Their boss warns, “If one piece of candy gets past you and into the packing room unwrapped, you’re fired!” Naturally, as the candy conveyer ... Read More >
    Apr 6 2017
  • Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors, February 2017
    Masanori Izumi, featured first author of Entire Photodamaged Chloroplasts Are Transported to the Central Vacuole by Autophagy Current Position: Assistant Professor, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University. Education: Ph.D. (2012), Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan. Non-scientific Interests: Playing tennis, Travel to Japanese hot springs. When ... Read More >
    Apr 4 2017
  • What We’re Reading: March 31
    Review: Wheat genomics comes of age Due to its highly repetitive, polyploid genome, wheat genomics has lagged behind that of other cereals, but new tools promise to begin closing that gap.  Uauy reviews these new tools, which include access to full genomes of several wheat varieties, gene expression data from ... Read More >
    Mar 31 2017