ASPB President’s Update: Your Perspective Matters!

Dear ASPB members, My efforts in the past eight months have been focused on understanding the many people involved in carrying out the ASPB mission and looking for ways to build connections and remove barriers to inclusion. ASPB unites us as a community of people who support the growth and development of the field of … Read more

Plant Physiology Focus Issue Webinar: Vegetable Crops, June 5, 2024

Plant Physiology Webinar: Vegetable Crops Celebrating the June 2024 Focus Issue on Vegetable Crops Recorded Wednesday June 5, 2024 About this webinar Vegetable crops encompass over 200 plant species utilized as human food. They have been domesticated from their wild progenitors that have undergone a process influenced by human preferences and diverse environmental factors. Because … Read more

Plant Physiology is recruiting Assistant Features Editors to start in 2025 and 2026

By Yunde Zhao (Plant Physiology EIC) and Mary Williams (Plant Physiology Features Editor) We started the Plant Physiology Assistant Features Editor program more than six years ago to help young scientists to advance their career and help disseminate exciting discoveries published in Plant Physiology. Since then, more than 100 early-career career scientists, mostly postdocs but … Read more

25 Inspiring Women in Plant Biology

In March, the ASPB Women in Plant Biology Committee asked you to nominate remarkable women who shape our field for recognition by the ASPB community. We recognize these 25 women to highlight their achievements and leadership, celebrate their impact in plant biology, and inspire future generations. We will continue to build a more equitable and … Read more

ASPB Webinar April 24: What I Wish I Had Known When I Started Grad School (2024 Edition)

A Panel Discussion by the ASPB Early Career Plant Scientists (ECPS) Section April 24, 2024 12 PM CST The ASPB Early Career Plant Scientists (ECPS) Section wants to help you succeed in graduate school. As you prepare for the next step in your professional career, ECPS will help guide you with our annual panel discussion … Read more

Congratulations to ASPB’s 2024 Award Recipients

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2024 awards, which honor distinction in service, outreach, education, and research. ASPB-Carnegie Winslow Briggs Mentorship Award Judy Brusslan, California State University, Long Beach, CA Joanne Chory, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA Charles Albert Shull Award Robert … Read more

White House Easter Egg Roll Exhibit will Promote Plant Biology

The American Society of Plant Biologists plans to engage families in the wonders of plant science as part of the 2024 White House Easter EGGucation Roll   The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) returns to participate in the White House’s annual Easter Monday celebration. This year, the Easter Egg Roll occurs on April 1. … Read more

Researchers Solve Crucial Cold-Induced Sweetening Problem in Potato Production

The potato industry benefits from new tuber research published in The Plant Cell   Researchers have discovered a game changer for the potato industry. According to a new study published in a leading international society journal published by the American Society of Plant Biologists, a small genetic element is the cause of a major production … Read more

Celebrate Herstory: Nominate Inspiring Women in Plant Biology for Recognition!

Blog by Rebecca Roston, Chair, ASPB Women in Plant Biology Committee In honor of US Women’s History Month, the Women in Plant Biology Committee of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is thrilled to celebrate the remarkable women who have shaped and continue to shape our field. We’re calling on YOU to nominate exceptional … Read more

Researchers Decipher Mysterious Growth Habit of Weeping Peach Trees

Why do weeping trees “weep”? A basic premise of how plants grow is that shoots grow up and roots grow down. A new study, published in Plant Physiology, a leading international society journal published by the American Society of Plant Biologists, reveals the answer to a fascinating question: why do weeping tree varieties defy this … Read more

Weighing in on GMO Technology Regulation

In late December 2023, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reopened the comment period on a recent proposal that outlined five additional exemptions for “plants with modifications that could be achieved through conventional breeding.” USDA APHIS coordinates responsibilities for Biotechnology Regulatory Services, which protect plant health and implement … Read more

Urging Investment in Agriculture Research Innovation

In March 2023, US Senators Michael Bennet and Roger Marshall introduced the Advancing Cutting Edge (ACE) Agriculture Act with the goal of supporting “high-risk, high-reward agricultural research and development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).” ASPB was one of 65 organizations that signed a recent letter to the Senate and House Agriculture Committee members … Read more

ASPB Signs in Support of ARACI Act

In late September, ASPB joined a diverse group of organizations representing state, research, scientific, and private industry interests to sign a letter urging support for the Advancing Research on Agricultural Climate Impacts (ARACI) Act as part of the 2023 Farm Bill. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Todd Young (R-IN), and … Read more

Continuing Microbiome Research Support and Coordination

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) remains active in supporting the advancement of scientific research and recently signed a letter to the leadership of the Committee on Appropriations urging inclusion of language regarding the Microbiome Interagency Working Group in the final Senate Fiscal Year 2024 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill. … Read more

ASPB Remembers Philip Benfey

On September 26, 2023, Philip Benfey, notable plant geneticist, professor, and ASPB Pioneer Member, passed away. Philip had a lasting impact on many people in the plant biology community, some of whom have shared their memories and tributes to Philip here. Readers are invited to add their own memories to the comments of this blog … Read more

ASPB Announces New Peer Review Report Policy

The ASPB journals Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell are introducing a new mechanism for publishing peer review reports on each journal’s website. A version of peer review reports has been published with the supplemental material of original research articles in The Plant Cell for some time. However, for the first time we are introducing … Read more

ASPB Joins Call for FFAR Funding

In mid-September, while the 2023 Farm Bill reauthorization was under-way, ASPB, together with 130 organizations from industry, academia, and agriculture, signed a community support letter for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in the Farm Bill. Refreshed every five years, the last Farm Bill passed in 2018. The 2023 Farm Bill includes critical … Read more

Changing Times in Peer Review

For Peer Review Week 2023, ASPB is asking the community to weigh in on topics affecting peer reviewers in scientific publishing   This year’s theme for Peer Review Week is “The Future of Publishing,” and with such a lofty theme, there’s one direction the conversation naturally goes: artificial intelligence (AI). While much of the conversation … Read more

ASPB Showcases Plant Biology at the Congressional Life Science Fair on Capitol Hill

ASPB represented plant biology research at the Congressional Life Science Fair on Capitol Hill on July 19, 2023, in the Rayburn House Office Building. This event was hosted by The Coalition for Life Sciences (CLS) and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The purpose of this event was to showcase the positive … Read more

From Plant Biology 2023: The Evolutionary Origin of Acutumine Biosynthesis in Menispermaceae Plants

Interview by Charlay Wood Today, I had the star-struck experience of meeting Prof. Jing-Ke Weng in person! Imagine meeting someone you’ve idolized from the pages of academic journals brought to life right in front of you. It’s like bumping into your favorite movie star, but in the world of plant specialized metabolism. I’ve poured over more … Read more