Plant Science Today Blog

  • Help Improve Wikipedia’s Coverage of Plant Biology by Running a Wikipedia Assignment
    Through its partnership with Wiki Education, ASPB has been helping to steadily improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Plant Biology for several years. As part of the Wikipedia Student Program, faculty at institutions of higher education across the U.S. and Canada have been asking their students to contribute to Wikipedia as a... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-06-05
  • Early Career Plant Scientist? You belong at Plant Biology 2021!
    Registration is open for the Plant Biology Worldwide Summit 2021. We are excited to welcome plant scientists at all stages of their careers to the conference, and our group rates lower the costs for everyone!   A few specific things that may particularly interest early career researchers (ECRs):   We are... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-06-04
  • Announcing the 2021 ASPB Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winners
    Each year, ASPB, through its Women in Plant Biology Committee, makes travel awards to early career women investigators to attend the Plant Biology conference. The goal of the competitive process that underpins the Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) program is to increase attendance of early career women investigators at... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-06-04
  • President’s Letter—Critical Infrastructure
    Global agricultural production of rice, wheat, maize, and soybean, crops that together provide over 70% of human calories, was at close to record yields last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments recognized growers as essential workers and the food supply chain as critical infrastructure. Early concerns about potential food shortages... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-06-02
  • 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 Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-06-02
  • Vicky Chandler is the 2021 Recipient of the ASPB Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award
    ROCKVILLE, MD – The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce that Vicki Chandler is the recipient of its 2021 Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award. The ASPB Science Policy Committee awards the Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Public Service Award annually to recognize... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-06-02
  • Plant BLOOME 2021 Winners Announced
    ASPB established the Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials, & Education (Plant BLOOME) grant program with the goal to enhance public awareness and understanding of the essential roles of plants in all areas of life (http://bloome.aspb.org). Congratulations to the 2021 ASPB Plant BLOOME grant recipients!   The Legume-rhizobium Mutualism: A... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-06-01
  • Announcing the 2021 ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)
    The ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program funds promising undergraduate students so they can conduct research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers over the course of 10 consecutive weeks. This year’s SURF recipients will present their research at Plant Biology 2022. Congratulations to these... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-06-01
  • 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: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-05-24
  • Nominations for the PUI Section Steering Committee Now Open
    The ASPB PUI section needs new leadership! Currently, the section is led by a five-member steering committee, a chairperson, and a section representative to ASPB council and Membership committee. This year we have several members of the leadership team rotating out of their positions. Therefore, we need to elect a... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-05-13
  • Early Career Professionals to ASPB Committees
    APPLY HERE ASPB has an exciting opportunity for early career plant scientist members to get involved in ASPB and, in the process, help shape the future of the Society by becoming an Early Career Representative (ECR) on ASPB standing committees. This is a two-year appointment. In the second year, ECRs... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-05-13
  • CourseSource Online Writing Studios – Application Now Open
    In partnership with Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) meeting, CourseSource is hosting Online Writing Studios this summer. The online Writing Studio will be offered twice this summer: July 19-21 from 12-4 pm Eastern each day (for participants writing about online and/or in-person lessons) August 16-18 from... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-05-06
  • Botany 2021 and Plant Biology 2021 are Pleased to Announce a Joint Session Open to all Attendees of Both Conferences
    Botany 2021 and Plant Biology 2021 are pleased to announce a joint session open to all attendees of both conferences. Five international experts will speak on diverse symbioses, including endophytes, endofungal symbionts, mycorrhizae, and lichens, with opportunities to engage throughout the symposium. Join us for three hours of exploration OF interkingdom interactions.... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-05-05
  • Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2021
    Join us for a live, online “meet the candidates” event and get to know the candidates for ASPB president-elect: Hong Ma and Gustavo MacIntosh. Date and Time: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7 AM PDT (UTC-7), 10 AM EDT (UTC-4) ; 3 PM BST (UTC + 1) Register today and... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-05-05
  • Letter Expressing Support for the America Grows Act of 2021
    ASPB has signed on a letter to Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member John Boozman, Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman Richard Shelby, Chairman Jeff Merkley, and Ranking Member John Hoeven expressing support for the America Grows Act of 2021 (S.1371), a bipartisan bill Senators Durbin and Moran have recently introduced that... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2021-05-05

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Plantae Blog

  • Exploring the evolution of immunity responses in Brassicaceae
    Winkelmüller, Entila, Anver et al. uncover the considerable variation in gene expression patterns in closely related Brassicaceae species during pattern triggered immunity. Plant Cell  By Thomas M. Winkelmüller, Frederickson D. Entila, Shajahan Anver, and Kenichi Tsuda  Background: Plants are surrounded by many microorganisms. To react to these microbes, plants have... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-14
  • Radical Information – Daily Stress and When the Light is Just Too Strong…
    Haber et al. developed an automated microplate system to continuously monitor levels of reactive oxygen species in planta. Plant Cell. https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab068. By Zechariah Haber and Shilo Rosenwasser, The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Background: As sessile organisms, plants must... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Zhicheng Wu: The Plant Cell First Author
    Zhicheng Wu, co-first author of “The circadian-controlled PIF8-BBX28 module regulates petal senescence in rose flowers by governing mitochondrial ROS homeostasis at night” Current Position: Ph.D candidate Education: Ph.D candidate at China Agricultural University Non-scientific Interests: Playing badminton, Roller skating Brief bio: While studying for a master’s degree in Zhongkai University... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Yi Zhang: The Plant Cell First Author
    Yi Zhang, co-first author of “The circadian-controlled PIF8-BBX28 module regulates petal senescence in rose flowers by governing mitochondrial ROS homeostasis at night” Current Position: Postdoctoral research in the joint project, FAFU-UCR Joint Centre, Haixia Institute of Science and Technology. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, Fujian, China The Waksman Institute... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Neha Rai: Plant Physiology First Author
    Neha Rai, first author of “Perception of solar UV radiation by plants: photoreceptors and mechanisms” Current Position: Post Doc in Prof. Roman Ulm’s lab at the Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland Education: Ph.D. in Plant Biology, University of Helsinki (Finland); M.Sc. in Plant Biology and... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Crop origins explain variation in global agricultural relevance (Nature Plants)
    According to FAO, only a hundred out of several thousands edible plants contribute to the global food system. Specifically, twelve species dominate food production worldwide; more than a half of our daily calorie intake comes from four seed crops (maize, soybean, rice and wheat). Although the agricultural relevance of a... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • A bacterial effector targets a plant iron sensing protein, and benefits pathogen growth (Plant Cell)
    Pathogens often appropriate iron from their hosts, as acquisition of iron is vital to sustain life for most organisms. As demonstrated in this paper by Xing et al., an effector protein, AvrRps4, from a common bacterial plant pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae, directly interacts with BRUTUS (BTS), an iron sensing protein in... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Comparative analyses of extreme dry seed thermotolerance in five Cactaceae species (Environ. Exp. Bot.)
    Desert plants must produce seeds that can withstand incredibly high temperatures. Nevertheless, different species of cacti –one of the most emblematic plant groups of these ecosystems– exhibit variable responses to extreme temperatures. In this fascinating paper, Visscher and colleagues conduct a thorough characterization of the seeds of five Cactaceae species... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Effect of nitrogen addition on selection of germination trait in an alpine meadow on the Tibet Plateau (Front. Plant Sci.)
    Considering that atmospheric nitrogen (N) and N deposition have increased due to human activities, understanding the effects of this element in plant communities has become increasingly important. Still, the role of germination traits in these changes at the community level is poorly understood. Here, Liu and colleagues assess the effects... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Waves of information: Simultaneous imaging of ER and cytosolic Ca2+ dynamics reveals long distance ER Ca2+ waves in plants (Plant Physiol.)
    Calcium (Ca2+) signaling regulates a host of stress and developmental responses in plants. Apart from increases in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]Cyt.), organellar signals play a key role in shaping the cytosolic signaling events. In an attempt to understand the Ca2+ dynamics in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), Resentini and colleagues analyzed... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Pan-genome analysis of 33 genetically diverse rice accessions reveals hidden genomic variations (Cell)
    In spite of the considerable excitement that accompanies the first genomic sequence of a species, that sequence usually represents a single individual or inbred accession – the real excitement comes from comparisons between individuals or accessions. These pan-genomic analyses provide insights into the sources of genetic variability. Here, Qin et... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Review: Auxin fluxes through plasmodesmata (New Phytol)
    Plasmodesmata, the tubular connections that form continua between neighboring cells in plants, play vital roles in long-distance transport of ions, RNA, proteins, and small molecules. While it is known that plasmodesmata are permeable to phytohormones, including auxin, the physiological significance of plasmodesmata-mediated auxin transport remains underappreciated. Though carrier-mediated transport is... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Focus Issue: Focus on the Biology of Plant Genomes (Plant Cell)
    The Plant Cell has published a Focus Issue on the Biology of Plant Genomes. This Focus Issue includes reviews and research articles that highlight some of the most important recent advances in plant genomics and foreshadow future discoveries. Although Arabidopsis is represented in this article collection (with articles focused on... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Plant Science Research Weekly: June 11, 2021
    Focus Issue: Focus on the Biology of Plant Genomes The Plant Cell has published a Focus Issue on the Biology of Plant Genomes. This Focus Issue includes reviews and research articles that highlight some of the most important recent advances in plant genomics and foreshadow future discoveries. Although Arabidopsis is... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-11
  • Minjie Qian: Plant Physiology First Author
    Minjie Qian, first author of “Downsizing in plants – UV light induces pronounced morphological changes in the absence of stress” Current Position:  Lecturer, Hainan University, China Education: PhD in Pomology at Zhejiang University, China; joint training PhD in biochemistry at Örebro University, Sweden; B.S. in Horticulture at Zhejiang University, China... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2021-06-10

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Policy Updates

  • 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
  • Letter Expressing Support for the America Grows Act of 2021
    ASPB has signed on a letter to Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member John Boozman, Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman Richard Shelby, Chairman Jeff Merkley, and Ranking Member John Hoeven expressing support for the America Grows Act of 2021 (S.1371), a bipartisan bill Senators Durbin and Moran have recently introduced that... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-05-05
  • ASPB Signs Letter Supporting $11.5 billion of Funding to Support America’s Agricultural Research Infrastructure
    ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of funding of $11.5 billion to support America’s agricultural research infrastructure.  As you consider new initiatives to support rural America and investments in the agricultural economy, we strongly urge you to include a federal agricultural research infrastructure investment of $11.5 billion... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-05-03
  • ASPB Signs Letter Supporting the Creation of a Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation
    ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of creating a Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI), which would fill a critical gap in successfully transitioning new energy technologies into the market and meeting the nation’s energy security and climate goals. We believe that it is time for... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-04-30
  • Dealing with Pandemic Disruptions? Contact your Program Officer
    As part of its March meeting, members of ASPB’s Science Policy Committee (SPC) met with program staff from several federal funding agencies, including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Biological and Environmental Research Program at the Department of Energy (DOE),... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2021-04-26

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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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