Plant Science Today Blog

  • DARPA Announces Cornucopia Program
    On December 10, the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a broad agency announcement (BAA) for its Cornucopia program.  Cornucopia is a funding opportunity focused on how to produce palatable food from microorganisms such as bacteria, microalgae, and fungi using minimal inputs. The program... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-12-16
  • Nominations Opening Soon for 2022 ASPB Awards!
    The Time to Recognize and Honor Excellence Among Our Fellow Plant Scientists Is Approaching The 2022 Call for Award Nominations will be sent to ASPB members on January 3, 2022, and nominations will be due by Friday, February 25. ASPB encour­ages you to participate in the 2022 awards program by... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-12-14
  • Introducing: The Newly Revised Principles for Teaching Plant Biology
    The 12 Principles of Plant Biology are a widely used resource for teaching and learning plant biology, especially within the K-12 educational community. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of their development, the Education Committee would like to share with you a revised, expanded set of Principles for Teaching... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-12-09
  • Applications Open for CourseSource Writing Faculty Mentoring Network
    Have you developed new evidence-based teaching activities and/or lessons for online learning in biology undergraduate education? Are you interested in working with a group of peers to write and prepare your Lesson manuscript for submission to the journal CourseSource? CourseSource is partnering with BioQUEST and QUBES to offer semester-long Faculty... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-12-09
  • ASPB/AAAS 2022 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
    Are you interested in science writing? Do you want to help people understand complex scientific issues? Apply for the ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program and learn how to increase public understanding of science and technology. Fellows in the 10-week 2022 summer program will work as reporters in... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-12-02
  • Announcing the Update Your ASPB Profile Raffle Winners
    As you may have heard, ASPB has implemented a new database to track memberships and other activities within ASPB. This database is also the source for our member-facing directory, so it’s a vital tool in ensuring society members can find each other. To make this database as accurate and useful... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-11-29

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Plantae Blog

  • Maddalena Salvalaio: Plant Physiology First Author
    Maddalena Salvalaio, first author of “Root electrotropism in Arabidopsis does not depend on auxin distribution but requires cytokinin biosynthesis” Current Position: Research Technician Education: Bsc in Biology and Msc in Evolutionary Biology , University of Padova, Italy Non-scientific Interests: Spending time with family (including my dog Molly) and friends, going to fitness... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-25
  • Mengting Zhang: Plant Physiology First Author
    Mengting Zhang, co-first author of “Salicylic acid carboxyl glucosyltransferase UGT87E7 regulates disease resistance in Camellia sinensis“ Current Position: Master Student, Anhui Agricultural University Education: B.S.from Southwest University of Science and Technology (2018) Non-scientific Interests: Handcrafting and playing badminton Brief bio: I graduated from Southwest University of Science and Technology in... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-24
  • Yunqing Hu: Plant Physiology First Author
    Yunqing Hu, first co-first author of “Salicylic acid carboxyl glucosyltransferase UGT87E7 regulates disease resistance in Camellia sinensis“ Current Position: Master Student, Graduated from Anhui Agricultural University Education: B.S.from Hunan Agricultural University (2018), M.S. from State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization of Anhui Agricultural University (2021). Non-scientific Interests:... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-24
  • Dynamic Evolution of Self-Incompatibility in Angiosperms
    Zhao et al. demonstrate the dynamic evolutionary processes of self-incompatibility in angiosperms.  By Hong Zhao and Yongbiao Xue, State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, and the Innovation Academy of Seed Design, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China  Background: Self-incompatibility (SI) is... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-24
  • Plant Physiology Editor-in-Chief Yunde Zhao organized a webinar for Chinese plant biologists
    On January 14th, 2022, Editor-in-Chief and Plant Physiology editors from China met more than three hundred Chinese researchers and students through a webinar. Yunde first briefly introduced the history and current status of Plant Physiology. He then presented his vision for the journal in the next five years and how... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-24
  • Plant Physiology Webinar: Celebrating the February 2022 Focus Issue on The Plant Cell Atlas
    The Plant Cell Atlas Focusing New Technologies on the Kingdom that Nourishes the Planet When: Thursday, February 10, 2022 8 AM PST (UTC – 8) | 11 AM EST  (UTC – 5)| 4 PM GMT | Note – the webinar will be recorded and posted to YouTube for later viewing... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-23
  • Mohammed Abu-Dieyeh: Plant Direct First Author
    Mohammed Abu-Dieyeh, first author of “Biodiversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in plant roots and rhizosphere soil from different arid land environment of Qatar” Current Position: Acting Department Head, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University. Education: B.Sc. and M.Sc., University of Jordan, Amman-Jordan. PhD, McGill University, Canada. Brief bio:... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21
  • Shan Jiang: The Plant Cell First Author
    Shan Jiang, first author of “The UBP14-CDKB1; 1-CDKG2 cascade controls endoreduplication and cell growth in Arabidopsis” Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China). Education: Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology (Wuhan University of Technology); Master’s and PhD’s degrees in Genetics (Institute of... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21
  • Mou Zhang: Plant Physiology First Author
    Mou Zhang, first author of “Aquaporin OsPIP2;2 Links the H2O2 Signal and a Membrane-anchored Transcription Factor to Promote Plant Defense” Current Position: Postdoc, Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming, China Education: Ph.D., Nanjing Agricultural University, China. M.S., Yunnan Agricultural University, China. B.S., Guangdong Ocean University, China. Non-scientific Interests: Cooking, Watching movies,... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21
  • Anchoring Membranes in Cyanobacteria
    Ostermeier et al. introduce AncM, a new factor for structuring the photosynthetic membrane system in cyanobacteria. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab253 By Matthias Ostermeier, Steffen Heinz and Jörg Nickelsen at Molecular Plant Science at LMU Munich Background: Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria and a sister group to chloroplasts, which are the site of... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21
  • TT2 controls rice thermotolerance through SCT1-dependent alteration of wax biosynthesis (Nature Plants)
    Global warming severely affects agricultural harvests, risking food security. To deal with heat stress, plants show different strategies. Indeed, heat increases intracellular Ca2+ levels to activate a heat shock response. In addition, GTP-binding proteins, which transduce extracellular signals to intracellular effectors, regulate Ca2+ currents when plants face abiotic stresses through... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21
  • After all, mutations are not that random (Nature)
    Mutations, defined as changes in DNA sequence, have long been considered to be random. However, growing evidence suggests that maybe mutations are not random, but instead some loci in the genome are hot spots for mutations, while other loci rarely mutate. This effect is considered mutation bias. A recent study... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21
  • The genomic ecosystem of transposable elements in maize (PLOS Genetics)
    A new paper looking at transposable elements in maize uses the framework that genomes are similar to ecosystems, in that it is essential to study them comprehensively, from the level of each element to the global structure. Transposable elements (TEs) are dynamic and persistent within plant genomes. Understanding their behavior... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21
  • Transcriptome sequencing of a novel albino mutant of hexaploid sweetpotato (Plant Mol Biol Rep)
    Albino plants lack chlorophyll, which means that they cannot photosynthesize. These kinds of plant are unique and can offer information as to the molecular mechanism of chlorophyll degradation and photosynthesis in plants. Here, Arisha et al. explored the differences in gene expression patterns of seedling leaf tissues from albino mutant... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21
  • The PARTHENOGENESIS gene that contributes the clonal propagation through seeds in dicot dandelion (Nature Genetics)
    In plants with sexual reproduction, the male contribution (two sperm cells) is necessary to fertilize two female cells, the egg cell that gives rise to the embryo and the central cell that gives rise to the endosperm. In contrast, apomictic plants (0.1% of flowering plants spread over 120 genera) don´t... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2022-01-21

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Policy Updates

  • ASPB Signs Letter Supporting Agricultural Research, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    ASPB is pleased to sign a letter urging U.S. House and Senate Democratic leadership to prioritize and protect the vital investments in agricultural climate research, agricultural innovation, and agricultural research infrastructure within the Build Back Better human and climate infrastructure package.  These proposed investments are a generational down payment to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-10-14
  • ASPB Signs Letter Urging Support for NSF Funding in Infrastructure/Reconciliation and Appropriations
    ASPB is pleased to sign a letter urging U.S. House and Senate Democratic leadership to prioritize and protect the vital investments in agricultural climate research, agricultural innovation, and agricultural research infrastructure within the Build Back Better human and climate infrastructure package.  These proposed investments are a generational down payment to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-09-10
  • Department of Energy Announces Early Career Research Program for FY 2022
    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it is accepting proposals for the 2022 DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program to support the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers. The program will support over 60 early career researchers for five years at U.S. academic institutions... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-09-09
  • Please Share Your Thoughts with Us
    Thank you for taking the time to read ASPB President Maureen McCann’s letter regarding the ASPB Board of Director’s recent decision to reaffirm a commitment to holding Plant Biology 2023 in Savannah, GA. Now that you’ve done so, we’d welcome your thoughts on the approaches that ASPB should take toward... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-07-30
  • Funding Opportunity for Post-Bac Research
    NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter highlighting an RFP for PIs on active awards. Learn more about this new program in this letter from NSF Communications Specialist Jared Dashoff. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) recognizes the importance of early-career research experiences, especially for individuals... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-05-24

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Press Releases

  • Yunde Zhao Will Succeed Mike Blatt as Editor-in-Chief of Plant Physiology®
    ASPB is pleased to announce the appointment of Yunde Zhao as editor-in-chief (EIC) of Plant Physiology® beginning January 1, 2022. First published by ASPB in 1926, Plant Physiology® is a premier international journal devoted to all aspects of plant biology research, from structural and molecular discoveries to systems science and... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2021-06-02
  • Engineering Drought-Resistant Crops with Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) Photosynthesis
    This work examines requirements for introducing CAM and alternative water-saving pathways into C3 plants in different environments. ASPB is pleased to announce the publication of noteworthy research investigating water-saving alternatives for photosynthesis in temperate environments, which are likely to become hotter and drier in the future. Drought causes major crop... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2020-10-23
  • Plant Science Research Network Releases Decadal Vision 2020-2030
    Research network presents action plan for the plant science community to maximize impact on pressing global issues such as human health and climate change.  Plant science research has tremendous potential to address pressing global issues including climate change, food insecurity and sustainability. However, without sustained investment in plant science, the... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2020-09-04
  • Oxford University Press to publish American Society of Plant Biologists journals
    Oxford University Press (OUP) and the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) are pleased to announce that OUP will publish the ASPB journals Plant Physiology® and The Plant Cell beginning January 2021. Established in 1926, Plant Physiology® is an international journal devoted to the physiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology,... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2020-07-24
  • Journals Announce Journal Portability Initiative
    The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, authors who have received an editorial decline decision from any journal in the ASPB suite of titles will have the option to transfer their submissions to any other ASPB journal. ASPB publishes three journals: Plant Physiology... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2020-07-14
  • Press Release – Blake Meyers Appointed Next Editor of The Plant Cell
    Rockville, Maryland, October 21, 2019 – The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Blake C. Meyers to serve as editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell beginning January 1, 2020. The Plant Cell publishes novel research of particular significance in plant biology, especially in the... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2019-10-21
  • Press Release – Gene Responsible for Lutein Esterification in Bread Wheat Identified
    The activity of this gene controls the timing of esterification in grain, which is related to storage and nutritional qualities of bread wheat and other grains. This work provides insight into the timing and control of esterification, related to storage and nutritional qualities of bread wheat and other grains. ASPB... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2019-10-01
  • Press Release – ASPB Names 2019 Recipient of Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award
    Honor to be presented at Plant Biology 2019 in San Jose, California ROCKVILLE, MD – The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce that Pamela Ronald is the recipient of its 2019 Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award. The ASPB Science Policy Committee awards the Leadership... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2019-06-25
  • Genetic Variant Linked to Cucumber Fruit Length
    ASPB is pleased to announce the publication in The Plant Cell of important research describing the discovery of a key regulator of fruit length variation in cucumber. The discovery of a fruit length modulator has implications for cucumber breeding. Fruit size is a major determinant of yield and market value.... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2019-04-12
  • Robotic device tracks plant growth at the cellular level
    A new open-source device allows scientists to identify treatments and conditions that affect the mechanical properties of plant cells Determining how various treatments and conditions affect the mechanical properties of plant cells could allow scientists to understand plant growth at the cellular level and devise ways to enhance it. In... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2018-12-30
  • A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond
    The discovery of the gene behind stem juiciness in sweet sorghum could have huge agricultural implications Sorghum, the fifth most popular crop worldwide, is used to create many products in the United States and is widely consumed by people in developing countries. The discovery of a crucial gene controlling stem... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2018-10-02
  • ASPB Wins The 2018 Gold EXCEL award for the Plantae podcast, The Taproot, from Association Media and Publishing
    ASPB is pleased to announce that The Taproot, a Plantae podcast, has received a Gold EXCEL award for excellence in DIGITAL MEDIA: Podcast (Other category) from the Association Media and Publishing. The EXCEL Awards recognize excellence and leadership in nonprofit association media, publishing, marketing, and communications. Winners received their awards... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2018-10-01
  • A pretty plant of summer produces a promising anti-diabetes compound
    Discovery of the biosynthetic pathway of a plant metabolite lays the groundwork for its use as an anti-diabetes drug. Montbretin A (MbA), a natural compound with great potential for the treatment of type-2 diabetes, was discovered in the ornamental plant montbretia ten years ago, but it can’t be produced on... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2018-07-29
  • ASPB Wins 2018 Excellence in New Communications Award for Plantae
    (ASPB) is pleased to announce that Plantae, the online home for the global plant science community, has been awarded an Excellence in New Communications Award from the Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board (SNCR) in the Communications, Communities, and Collaboration category – nonprofit division. This prestigious award honors organizations for their exemplary... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2018-05-02
  • Gene Boosts Rice Growth and Yield in Salty Soil
    Discovery of a gene that helps rice plants grow in salty soil paves the way to developing salt-tolerant crops Soil salinity poses a major threat to food security, greatly reducing the yield of agricultural crops. Rising global temperatures are expected to accelerate the buildup of salt in soil, placing an... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2018-03-26

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