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Climate Science Day: Dr. Moehs Goes to Washington

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In 1962, when I was born, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stood at 316 parts per million (ppm). Now nearly 52 years later, the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere has reached 400 ppm. I can’t see it, taste it or feel it but through the power of science I know it […] Read full post

The Perks of Being a Scientist: Attending Plant Biology Meetings


I attended my first Plant Biology Meeting as a graduate student– and I was in awe. So many people, and I didn’t know a soul. It was scary and I thought I would drown in anonymity. And I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of scientific presentations. That changed very quickly though when my […] Read full post

2014 Plant Science Grant and Fellowship Opportunities


A handy list of plant science grant and fellowship opportunities with deadlines in early 2014. Please leave a comment if you know of other opportunities we should promote. ASPB is offering up to 80 $575 grants for students, postdocs, and faculty beginning their careers to attend the Plant Biology 2014 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon […] Read full post

Infographic: Our Future is Rooted in Plant Science


Plant Science Decadal Vision Rolls out at AAAS


On December 3rd, 2013, the National Plant Science Council partnered with the American Chemical Society; the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies; and the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) to co-host a briefing on the report Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science: A Vision for 2015-2025. The briefing was also […] Read full post


This year’s meeting will be great! We’ll have the best science, an outstanding locale, plus new opportunities for connecting at every level. 1. Award-winning science will be featured in symposia and mini-symposia. This year, top scientists in the US (ASPB) will be joined by others from Canada (CSPB) and beyond, to speak in major and mini-symposia on […] Read full post

How to Be a Hot Pick: Tips for Writing Abstracts


Communicating about your research to raise awareness and to get noticed is a critical skill. To be sure your abstract is a hot pick for talks, it’s important to use the right approach. Here are some tips and resources that can help your abstract get chosen. Consider Each Audience Reviewers will select your work for […] Read full post

Cultivating Safety


Each can deter danger.  Yes, you read that right. Plants can make stuff safer.  In fact, NOVA’s technology aficionado David Pogue explored cutting-edge examples of some leafy lifesavers in his PBS program, Making Stuff: Safer (airdate 11/6/13). So beyond thorns and prickly hedgerows what’s cutting-edge about plant security? Plenty: Plants Stop Fires Pogue joined professional […] Read full post