Plant Science Today Blog

  • President’s Letter—Here’s Hoping
    This year has lasted a decade. As we pivoted from crammed lecture halls to online teaching, and from bustling, energized labs to working shifts and eating lunch on our own, we adapted to a new normal that still feels anything but normal. I’m nostalgic for holding lab meetings and grant... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-12-01
  • Letter urging continued support for AFRI (FY2021)
    The AFRI Coalition sends letter to Chairman Hoeven, Ranking Member Merkley, Chairman Bishop, and Ranking Member Fortenberry (members of the U.S. Senate and House Subcommittees on Agriculture) regarding fiscal year 2021 spending proposals. The AFRI Coalition commends you for your support of USDA’s Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-30
  • ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Alumnus spotlight – Anna Funk
    Interested in science communication? Look no further. The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship carries out the mission to increase public understanding of science and technology. Over the past decades, more than 700 scientists have gone through the 10-week summer program and explored the realm of science journalism. ASPB... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-23
  • ASPB joins CNSF in support for NSF funding (FY21)
    ASPB signs on to coalition letter in support of the NSF for fiscal year 2021 appropriations legislation. The letter was sent on November 20, 2020 to the U.S. Senate and House Committee on Appropriations members:  Chairman Shelby, Vice Chairman Leahy, Chairwoman Lowey, and Ranking Member Granger. As Congress seeks to... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-20
  • ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Alumnus spotlight – Jenna Gallegos
    Interested in science communication? Look no further. The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship carries out the mission to increase public understanding of science and technology. Over the past decades, more than 700 scientists have gone through the 10-week summer program and explored the realm of science journalism. ASPB... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-20
  • ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Alumnus spotlight – Eric Hamilton
    Interested in science communication? Look no further. The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship carries out the mission to increase public understanding of science and technology. Over the past decades, more than 700 scientists have gone through the 10-week summer program and explored the realm of science journalism. ASPB... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-18
  • ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Alumnus spotlight – Lorena Villanueva-Almanza
    Interested in science communication? Look no further. The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship carries out the mission to increase public understanding of science and technology. Over the past decades, more than 700 scientists have gone through the 10-week summer program and explored the realm of science journalism. ASPB... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-16
  • ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Alumnus spotlight – Nikki Forrester
    Interested in science communication? Look no further. The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship carries out the mission to increase public understanding of science and technology. Over the past decades, more than 700 scientists have gone through the 10-week summer program and explored the realm of science journalism. ASPB... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-13
  • ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Alumnus spotlight – Katherine Dynarski
    Interested in science communication? Look no further. The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship carries out the mission to increase public understanding of science and technology. Over the past decades, more than 700 scientists have gone through the 10-week summer program and explored the realm of science journalism. ASPB... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-11
  • ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Alumnus spotlight – Carolyn Beans
    Interested in science communication? Look no further. The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship carries out the mission to increase public understanding of science and technology. Over the past decades, more than 700 scientists have gone through the 10-week summer program and explored the realm of science journalism. ASPB... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-09
  • Agency Update: NIH Releases Final Data Management and Sharing Policy
    As part of its ongoing work to standardize and promote the sharing of data generated from biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published its final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS) on October 29, 2020.  The final policy is the culmination of several recent efforts from... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-11-06
  • ASPB 2021 Call for Workshop Proposals
    Planning for the Plant Biology 2021 conference is well underway. The ASPB Program Committee is pleased to invite members of our community to submit proposals for workshops to be held during the conference. Please complete and submit this form before December 4, 2020 to guarantee review for potential inclusion in... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-10-30
  • Agency Update: DOE Ready to Launch New Portal For Application Submissions for EERE Research and Development Opportunities
    On November 2, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will launch a new portal to list all future funding opportunities and submit applications for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.  Fiscal year (FY) 2021 application submissions will be through the new portal, while open opportunities published prior to November 2... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-10-30
  • 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 Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-10-23
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases Mid-Career Advancement Program Solicitation
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released a solicitation for the new Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program.  NSF recognizes that while the mid-career timeframe is essential for advancing research, many faculty have to balance research with other demands, such as teaching and service activities.  Through this solicitation, NSF intends to support... Read more
    Source: ASPB Blog Feed - News Page Published on: 2020-10-22

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Plantae Blog

  • Hold Me, Fold Me…or Not!
    It’s not just human relationships that may require a chaperone to prevent inappropriate interactions. Numerous proteins in organisms from Escherichia coli to us, especially hydrophobic membrane proteins, also require chaperones in aqueous environments to prevent inappropriate interactions such as aggregation or improper folding (Gruber and Horovitz, 2016). Whereas most plasma... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-12-02
  • Metallic Action! The Dynamics of a Tripartite Iron Uptake Complex in Arabidopsis Roots
    Metallic action! The dynamics of a tripartite iron uptake complex in Arabidopsis roots  By Marcelo Lattarulo Campos Integrative Plant Research Laboratory, Departamento de Botânica e Ecologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá/MT, Brazil. ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6235-5120 Twitter: @lattarulo marcelolattarulo@ufmt.br Plants generally obtain mineral nutrients from the soil... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-12-02
  • Repressor of Endosperm Formation in Rice
    Tonosaki et al. explore how the Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 component EMBRYONIC FLOWER2a represses rice endosperm development both before and after fertilization. The Plant Cell (2020) https://bit.ly/33DQdqW By Kaoru Tonosaki and Tetsu Kinoshita Iwate University and Yokohama City University   Background: The endosperm is a tissue that provides nourishment for... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-12-02
  • Slice and Dice: DCL2 Mediates the Production of 22-nt siRNAs That Influence Trait Variation in Soybean
    In plants, small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) serve as key regulators of gene expression. While 24-nucleotide (nt) siRNAs are produced by DCL3 and mediate transcriptional silencing of transposons and pericentromeric chromatin through RdDM (Borges and Martienssen, 2015), 22-nt siRNAs are processed by DCL2 and participate in transgene silencing and viral defense... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-30
  • To grow or not to grow: specific lipoxygenases control wound-induced growth restriction
    To grow or not to grow: specific lipoxygenases control wound-induced growth restriction Amna Mhamdi Ghent University, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, and VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology, 9052 Ghent, Belgium Address correspondence to: amna.mhamdi@psb.ugent.be As most vegetable growers know, plants have a lot of predators. Repetitive wounding events... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-30
  • I Get by With a Little Help From a Friend
    Klasek, Inoue, and Theg show how the chloroplast chaperonin Cpn60 binds Plastidic type I signal peptidase 1 in the chloroplast stroma and delivers it to the cpSecI translocon for targeting to the thylakoid membrane. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00309 By Laura Klasek, University of California, Davis Background: As a plant grows, its... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-30
  • Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Yanjun Chen
    Yanjun Chen, co-first author of Full-length annotation with multi-strategy RNA-seq uncovers transcriptional regulation of lncRNAs in cotton Current Position: Master, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University Education: Master in Developmental Biology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, China Non-scientific Interests: volleyball Brief bio: During my postgraduate study, I mainly explored the... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-25
  • Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Xiaomin Zheng
    Xiaomin Zheng, co-first author of Full-length annotation with multi-strategy RNA-seq uncovers transcriptional regulation of lncRNAs in cotton Current Position: Ph.D. candidate, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University Education: Ph.D. in Botany, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, China Non-scientific Interests: reading and watching movies Brief bio: After finishing my undergraduate education... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-25
  • From “Orphan Crops” to “Crops For The Future”
    By Conviron Scholar Sessen Daniel Increasing world population, climate change, natural resources degradation and loss of biodiversity are critical challenges that are undermining food security and raising serious concerns over the resilience of our agricultural system. Will current agriculture, relying on just four crops to provide two-thirds of the global... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-25
  • Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Xiu-Li Hou
    Xiu-Li Hou, first author of DEAD-BOX RNA HELICASE 27 Regulates MicroRNA Biogenesis, Zygote Division and Stem Cell Homeostasis Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China Education: PhD in Developmental Biology, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing,... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-25
  • Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Jingjing Zhai
    Jingjing Zhai, first author of deepEA: a containerized web server for interactive analysis of epitranscriptome sequencing data Current Position: PhD candidate in State Key Laboratory of Crop Stress Biology for Arid Areas, Center of Bioinformatics, College of Life Sciences, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China Education: B.S. from Northwest A&F University, Yangling,... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-25
  • Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Charlotte Gommers
    Charlotte Gommers, first author of GENOMES UNCOUPLED1-independent retrograde signaling targets the ethylene pathway to repress photomorphogenesis Current Position: Assistant Professor in the department of Plant Physiology at Wageningen University & Research Education: BSc and MSc Biology at Radboud University in Nijmegen (2006 – 2012), PhD Plant Ecophysiology at Utrecht University... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-24
  • Changing the Shape of the Apex via Cell-size Regulation
    Wang et al. demonstrate that Arabidopsis SAUR17 promotes apical hook development and closed cotyledons in the dark by protecting the cell-expansion inhibitor PP2C-D1. The Plant Cell (2020) https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00283   By Jiajun Wang, Ning Sun, Fangfang Zhang, Renbo Yu, Haodong Chen, Xing Wang Deng, and Ning Wei  Background: Many land plants... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-24
  • Designing Drought Resistant Crops for Temperate Climates
    Töpfer et al. created a combined leaf metabolism/gas exchange model to predict water saving and productivity in temperate climates. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00132 By Nadine Töpfera and R. George Ratcliffeb …..a Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben, Germany …..b Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-24
  • Designer for Pollen Wall Surface Pattern Formation
    H. Li et al. identified and characterized a new genetic factor that controls grass-specific pollen wall pattern formation in rice. The Plant Cell (2020) https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.20.00551 By HuanJun Li, Yu-Jin Kim and Wanqi Liang Background: Pollen, the male gametophyte in flowering plants, is enclosed within a thick and extremely resistant wall... Read more
    Source: Plantae News & Updates Published on: 2020-11-24

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Policy Updates

  • Letter urging continued support for AFRI (FY2021)
    The AFRI Coalition sends letter to Chairman Hoeven, Ranking Member Merkley, Chairman Bishop, and Ranking Member Fortenberry (members of the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees) regarding fiscal year 2021 spending proposals. The AFRI Coalition commends you for your support of USDA’s Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-11-30
  • ASPB joins CNSF in support for NSF funding (FY21)
    ASPB signs on to coalition letter in support of the NSF for fiscal year 2021 appropriations legislation. The letter was sent on November 20, 2020 to the U.S. Senate and House Committee on Appropriations members:  Chairman Shelby, Vice Chairman Leahy, Chairwoman Lowey, and Ranking Member Granger. As Congress seeks to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-11-20
  • Agency Update: NIH Releases Final Data Management and Sharing Policy
    As part of its ongoing work to standardize and promote the sharing of data generated from biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published its final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS) on October 29, 2020.  The final policy is the culmination of several recent efforts from... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-11-06
  • Agency Update: DOE Ready to Launch New Portal For Application Submissions for EERE Research and Development Opportunities
    On November 2, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will launch a new portal to list all future funding opportunities and submit applications for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.  Fiscal year (FY) 2021 application submissions will be through the new portal, while open opportunities published prior to November 2... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-10-30
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases Mid-Career Advancement Program Solicitation
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released a solicitation for the new Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program.  NSF recognizes that while the mid-career timeframe is essential for advancing research, many faculty have to balance research with other demands, such as teaching and service activities.  Through this solicitation, NSF intends to support... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-10-22

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Press Releases

  • 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
  • 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

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