Plant Science Today Blog

  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks Solicitation
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new cross-agency solicitation for Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs) to advance convergent science, engineering, and education research to create more sustainable regional systems.  The Research Networks will seek understanding of the connections between rural and urban communities integrating data collection,... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-17
  • ARPA-E Announces Energy and Carbon Optimized Synthesis for the Bioeconomy Program
    The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) released a $25 million funding opportunity for new technologies to improve the carbon efficiency of bioconversion platforms. The Energy and Carbon Optimized Synthesis for the Bioeconomy (ECOSynBio) program seeks to establish pathways for low-, zero-, or negative-carbon fuels, chemicals, and materials for... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-17
  • Agency Update: HHS Seeks Input on Screening Guidance for Synthetic Double-Stranded DNA
    The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) pertaining to the agency’s 2010 framework for providers of synthetic double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). This framework aims to mitigate the potential biosecurity risks... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-10
  • Agency Update: DARPA Announces 2021 Young Faculty Award Proposers Day
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will be holding a proposers day webcast on September 25, 2020 in anticipation of releasing its 2021 Young Faculty Award Program (YFA) research announcement (RA). DARPA’s YFA program aims to expose rising stars in junior faculty or equivalent positions at... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-10
  • 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 Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-04
  • National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Barbara Valent
    By Yun-Ting Kao (Plantae Fellow) This year, nine plant scientists have been elected to the National Academy of  Science. We asked the newly elected plant scientists about how the news of their election to the NAS reached them, what inspires their research, and for their advice for early career researchers.... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-04
  • Funding Opportunity – NSF Announces Two Lead Agency Opportunities in Collaboration with International Partners
    On August 31, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced, via two Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), new opportunities to support international collaboration.  Specifically, the two DCLs will enable collaborative projects in specific research areas with the UK and with France to undergo a single review under lead agency agreements.  Both lead... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Multisociety letter addressing the impacts of persistent, systemic racism
    On September 1, ASPB joins more than 70 scientific organizations in support the call of House Science Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) study to “identify policies, strategies and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing systemic racism”... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-02
  • National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Kazuo Shinozaki
    By Yun-Ting Kao (Plantae Fellow) This year, nine plant scientists have been elected to the National Academy of  Science. We asked the newly elected plant scientists about how the news of their election to the NAS reached them, what inspires their research, and for their advice for early career researchers.... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-09-01
  • National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Loren Rieseberg
    By Yun-Ting Kao (Plantae Fellow) This year, nine plant scientists have been elected to the National Academy of  Science. We asked the newly elected plant scientists about how the news of their election to the NAS reached them, what inspires their research, and for their advice for early career researchers.... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-08-28
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Announces Second Solicitation to Support National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its second solicitation to support national artificial intelligence (AI) research institutes through the National AI Research Institutes Program.  This solicitation is a joint activity with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), the United States Department of Transportation... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-08-27
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases Solicitation for Biology Integration Institutes
    The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) released the second solicitation for its Biology Integration Institutes (BII) as part of its continued effort to facilitate a “unification of biology.” BII will support research collaborations across disciplines, both within and beyond biology, that address an overarching biological theme... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-08-25
  • National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Elizabeth Kellogg
    By Yun-Ting Kao (Plantae Fellow) This year, nine plant scientists have been elected to the National Academy of  Science. We asked the newly elected plant scientists about how the news of their election to the NAS reached them, what inspires their research, and for their advice for early career researchers.... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-08-25
  • National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Gregg Howe
    By Yun-Ting Kao (Plantae Fellow) This year, nine plant scientists have been elected to the National Academy of  Science. We asked the newly elected plant scientists about how the news of their election to the NAS reached them, what inspires their research, and for their advice for early career researchers.... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-08-18
  • National Academy of Sciences 2020 member highlight – Xiaofeng Cao
    By Yun-Ting Kao (Plantae Fellow) This year, nine plant scientists have been elected to the National Academy of  Science. We asked the newly elected plant scientists about how the news of their election to the NAS reached them, what inspires their research, and for their advice for early career researchers.... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-08-14

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Plantae Blog

  • Dynamic N1-methyladenosine in plant messenger RNA
    Wei Zhang ORCID: 0000-0002-5092-643X Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, 1712 Claflin Road, Throckmorton Hall, Manhattan, KS, 66506, USA weizhang17@ksu.edu Deposition of different chemical groups onto RNA generates diverse RNA modifications. All types of prokaryotic and eukaryotic RNA can undergo modifications. For example, methylation of the adenosine bases at... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-23
  • The Great Escape: How a Plant DNA Virus Hijacks an Imprinted Host Gene to Avoid Silencing
    Plant viruses are a major threat to global food security. The large family of geminiviruses has a broad pathogenic impact on economically important crops such as maize, tomato, and cassava and causes millions of tons of losses per year worldwide (Rojas et al., 2005). Geminiviruses possess a circular DNA genome... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-23
  • Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Amith R. Devireddy
    Amith R. Devireddy, first author of Phytochrome B is required for systemic stomatal responses and ROS signaling during light stress Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Bond Life Science Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA Education: Ph.D. Plant, Insect and Microbial Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA Non-scientific Interests: reading,... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-22
  • Stem diameter fluctuations provide a new window into plant water status and function
    Author: Robert Skelton rskelton@saeon.ac.za Affiliation: South African Environmental Observation Network, Private Bag X7, Claremont, 7735, South Africa Knowledge of the spatio-temporal dynamics of water storage in plant stems is fundamental to understanding plant physiological function under drought stress (Tyree and Yang 1990; Holbrook 1995; Skelton 2019). Usually such processes—including reversible... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-22
  • How do Chromosomes Evolve via Unstable Intermediates?
    Yalin Liu, Handong Su, Jing Zhang, et al. explore centromere birth and death by inducing rearrangements via pollen irradiation in maize. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00389 Background: The centromere is one of the most important components of chromosomes. Every normal chromosome has one functional centromere. The centromere is essential for accurate orientation... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-22
  • More Than Just a FAD(5): Unsaturated Fatty Acids in Chloroplasts Elicit Protective Autoimmunity
    Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) chloroplast-division mutants that have abnormally large chloroplasts have been around for quite some time, not only because they can be identified relatively easily through screening (Pyke & Leech 1991) and because their spectacular morphology sparks intrigue, but because they have proven useful to this day for studying... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-21
  • Gaining sugars while sweating, how do leaves regulate their osmolarity?
    Guillaume Charrier Université Clermont Auvergne, INRAE, PIAF, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France. guillaume.charrier@inrae.fr Leaves are specialized for the photosynthetic assimilation of atmospheric carbon, but they also are responsible for the transpiration of water into the atmosphere, as the final output of the plant’s hydraulic system. They therefore regulate a significant part of... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-21
  • Plant Metabolic Redox Dynamics–Live!
    Steinbeck et al. investigate in vivo NAD redox dynamics in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00241 By Janina Steinbeck and Markus Schwarzländer Background: All organisms rely on their cellular metabolism to live, develop, grow, and procreate. Metabolism provides the energy, building blocks, and reductant (i.e., electrons) needed for these activities. A major... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-21
  • Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Marco Bürger
    Marco Bürger, first author of In-silico analysis of the strigolactone ligand-receptor system Current Position: Senior research associate Education: PhD: Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology; B.S., M.Sc.: University of Osnabrück Non-scientific Interests: reading, traveling Brief bio: I earned a M.Sc. degree in cell biology from the University of Osnabrück, Germany.... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-21
  • ASPB Is Proud to Recognize Its Reviewers During Peer Review Week 2020
    The American Society of Plant Biologists is proud to celebrate Peer Review Week 2020, which recognizes peer reviewers and focuses on the theme “Trust in Peer Review.” In 2020, our plant biology community, like the rest of the world, was impacted by the devastating effects of COVID-19. Despite lab shutdowns,... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-21
  • A Molecular Determinant of Rice Plant Architecture
    Plant architecture is a major determinant of rice (Oryza sativa) productivity. Rice plant architecture is mainly defined by plant height, the spatial pattern of leaves, and tiller and inflorescence branching patterns. Plant height and tiller branching determine the biomass and harvest index, while the spatial pattern of leaves, including leaf... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-18
  • Sphingolipids and Plasmodesmata
    Plasmodesmata are cytoplasmic channels that physically connect the cytoplasm and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of adjoining plant cells. These intercellular channels play important roles during plant development by allowing the molecular exchange of signaling molecules such as transcription factors, RNAs, and growth regulators. Interestingly, the plasma membrane (PM) of plasmodesmata is... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-18
  • The Regulation of Cuticle Biosynthesis
    The outer surface of the aerial parts of land plants is covered by the cuticle, a waxy layer that provides a barrier against damage caused by environmental factors as well as  protection against non-stomatal water loss. Castorina et al. (10.1104/pp.20.00322) now show that both cuticle deposition and cuticle-dependent leaf permeability... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-18
  • Biosynthesis of Montbretin, an Anti-Diabetes Drug
    Diabetes and obesity are major health challenges. Diabetes alone affects over 422 million people worldwide and is among the top ten leading causes of death. Type-2 diabetes (T2D) is characterized by the body’s inefficient use of insulin, which leads to elevated blood Glc levels with detrimental effects on different organs... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-18
  • Villin and GLABRA2 Regulate Root Hair Growth
    The enhanced elongation of root hairs in response to mild water deficiency permits more effective water and nutrition uptake. The growth of root hairs is regulated in part by actin dynamics. Thick actin-filament bundles (“thick bundles”) in the apical and subapical area of root hairs, for example, are known to... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-09-18

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Policy Updates

  • Agency Update: HHS Seeks Input on Screening Guidance for Synthetic Double-Stranded DNA
    The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) pertaining to the agency’s 2010 framework for providers of synthetic double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). This framework aims to mitigate the potential biosecurity risks... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-10
  • Agency Update: DARPA Announces 2021 Young Faculty Award Proposers Day
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will be holding a proposers day webcast on September 25, 2020 in anticipation of releasing its 2021 Young Faculty Award Program (YFA) research announcement (RA). DARPA’s YFA program aims to expose rising stars in junior faculty or equivalent positions at... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-10
  • 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: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-04
  • Funding Opportunity – NSF Announces Two Lead Agency Opportunities in Collaboration with International Partners
    On August 31, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced, via two Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), new opportunities to support international collaboration.  Specifically, the two DCLs will enable collaborative projects in specific research areas with the UK and with France to undergo a single review under lead agency agreements.  Both lead... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Multisociety letter addressing the impacts of persistent, systemic racism
    On September 1, ASPB joins more than 70 scientific organizations in support the call of House Science Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) study to “identify policies, strategies and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing systemic racism”... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-02
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Announces Second Solicitation to Support National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its second solicitation to support national artificial intelligence (AI) research institutes through the National AI Research Institutes Program.  This solicitation is a joint activity with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), the United States Department of Transportation... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-08-27
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases Solicitation for Biology Integration Institutes
    The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) released the second solicitation for its Biology Integration Institutes (BII) as part of its continued effort to facilitate a “unification of biology.” BII will support research collaborations across disciplines, both within and beyond biology, that address an overarching biological theme... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-08-25
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Acceleration Hub
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2020 solicitation for the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program.  In addition to accepting regular project proposals for grants through the IGE program, NSF for this competition will also be accepting proposals for a one-time cooperative agreement award to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-08-07
  • IPBES Launches External Review of its Draft Scoping Report for the Nexus Assessment and Requests Input from Technical Experts 
    The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the organization established to improve the interface between science and policy on issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services, welcomes input from technical experts on the draft scoping report of its nexus assessment.  The focus of the nexus assessment is to produce information needed to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-06-26
  • USDA Relaxes Regulations for GE Crops – How Will it Affect the Plant Research Community?
    Brand new USDA regulations for crop biotechnology will begin phasing in during June 2020. The new “SECURE” rules (Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient) govern what is — and isn’t — required for USDA review before going to market with a biotech crop. These rules could have immediate impacts on... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-06-11
  • U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: June 3-9, 2020
    Weekly updates on the US federal government’s response to COVID-19 and research opportunities. Federal Guidance Related to Research and Higher Education National Science Foundation (NSF) On June 5, it was noted at the NSF Environmental Research and Education (ERE) Advisory Committee that the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) program expects to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-06-11
  • FFAR Releases Crops of the Future RFA
    On May 27, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) released a request for application (RFA) through its Crops of the Future Collaborative.  FFAR is seeking transformative research and technologies “focused on ensuring under-appreciated crops also benefit from recent advances and emerging technologies for genotype-independent regeneration of fertile plants to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-29
  • U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: May 20 – 26, 2020
    Weekly updates on the US federal government’s response to COVID-19 and research opportunities. Federal Guidance Related to Research and Higher Education National Science Foundation (NSF) The 2020 NSF Proposal and Award Policy and Procedures Guide will go into effect as planned on June 1. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-28
  • Policy Update: USDA Releases Revised Rule on Genetically Engineered Plants Amid Overhaul of Biotechnology Regulations
    On May 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released the final version of the agency’s update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Coordinated Framework). APHIS initially released a proposed rule in 2019, but withdrew it following significant... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-21
  • Multisociety Letter on the Immigration Executive Proclamation
    On May 20, ASPB and other societies sent a letter to President Trump to address the Immigration Executive Proclamation. The letter writes, “we urge you to prioritize the immigration of science and technology talent that will spur the scientific breakthroughs and economic growth of the United States that is needed... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-21

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Press Releases

  • 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
  • New approach to improve nitrogen use, enhance yield, and promote flowering in rice
    Expression of the nitrate transporter gene OsNRT1.1A improves yield and accelerates maturation. Using nitrogen fertilizer increases crop yields, but excess runoff causes environmental pollution. Moreover, in grains such as rice, large amounts of nitrogen fertilizer can delay flowering, leaving the crop vulnerable to late-season cold weather. A recent study in... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2018-02-23
  • Fanconi Anemia: Insight From a Green Plant
    Model plant studies show key protein functions in the exchange of genetic material Fanconi anemia is a human genetic disorder with severe effects, including an increased risk of cancer and infertility. Work in animal systems has identified many factors involved in Fanconi anemia and showed that these factors function in... Read more
    Source: ASPB Press Releases Published on: 2018-01-19

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