ASPB Press Releases

  • 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
    October 21, 2019 By Katie Rogers
  • 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
    October 1, 2019 By Jennifer Regala
  • 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
    June 25, 2019 By Sylvia Lee
  • 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
    April 12, 2019 By Jennifer Regala
  • 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
    December 30, 2018 By Tyrone Spady
  • 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
    October 2, 2018 By Katie Rogers
  • 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
    October 1, 2018 By Mary Williams
  • 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
    July 29, 2018 By Diane McCauley
  • 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
    May 2, 2018 By Melanie Binder
  • 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
    March 26, 2018 By Mary Williams
  • 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
    February 23, 2018 By Mary Williams
  • 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
    January 19, 2018 By Mary Williams
  • Scholarly Publishers Join Forces to Launch Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) Initiative Aims to Promote Awareness and Support of Society-Sponsored Journals
    A group of prestigious not-for-profit scientific membership societies today announced the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA) (, an initiative focused on building awareness of and support for publication of scientific research by scientist-run scientific societies. The SSPA started as a collaboration of scientific societies that came together... Read more
    November 26, 2017 By Mary Williams
  • ASPB Press Release: White House Announces Proposed Update to the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products
    Periodic review of the regulatory regime governing the use of biotechnology products is an important aspect of maintaining public safety and ensuring consumer confidence. (ASPB) appreciates the efforts of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and... Read more
    September 19, 2016 By Tyrone Spady
  • A Breakthrough in Genetic Modification of Grains
    Scientists develop a new approach to genetic modification of maize and other grains Genetic modification of plants might be controversial in commercial applications, but it is undeniably useful for research purposes. Despite years of effort, it has been remarkably difficult to develop efficient methods for transformation of grain crops. Work... Read more
    September 12, 2016 By Mary Williams

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