Join the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team

The PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team provides compensation for a cohort of 12 graduate students and postdocs who make a substantial contribution as an online scientist mentor. Master Plant Science Team Members receive • Free membership to ASPB for the year commitment • 50% off annual meeting registration • PlantingScience T-shirt Team involvement requirements • … Read more Join the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team

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 in Science Public Service Award … Read more Press Release: ASPB Names 2019 Recipient of Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award

Highlights from Fascination of Plants Day 2019

The fifth international Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) launched on May 18, 2019. Hosted under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), FoPD aims to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science. ASPB is the national coordinator for FoPD in … Read more Highlights from Fascination of Plants Day 2019

ASPB’s 2019 Election Results

Many thanks to those members who took the time to vote this spring; and hearty congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors members: Maureen McCann (incoming president-elect) and Clint Chapple (incoming elected member)! Additionally, the election of Robert Furbank, Yi-Fang Tsay, and Andreas Weber as Enid MacRobbie corresponding members was endorsed by the ASPB … Read more ASPB’s 2019 Election Results

PSRN Updates: Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences and Plant Summit 2019

In early 2019, the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN) held two strategic planning meetings. The PSRN is an NSF-supported Research Coordination Network whose members are research councils and scientific societies, including ASPB. Among the participants at both workshops were early career researchers and scientists from the public and private sectors across the plant science research … Read more PSRN Updates: Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences and Plant Summit 2019

Seed Abortion and the Role of RNA Pol IV in Seed Development

In this newly released article in The Plant Cell, researchers find that in Arabidopsis plants, the abortion of seeds with extra genomes is caused by the enzyme RNA Pol IV and the RNA-directed DNA methylation pathway, a major gene-silencing pathway in plants. Seed Abortion and the Role of RNA Pol IV in Seed Development Abortion … Read more Seed Abortion and the Role of RNA Pol IV in Seed Development

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. The cucumber is among the … Read more Genetic Variant Linked to Cucumber Fruit Length

Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2019

View the recording of this event. Join us for a live, online “meet the candidates” event and get to know the candidates for ASPB President-elect. Date and Time: *Monday, April 8, 8:30 AM PDT, 11:30 AM EDT; 4:30 PM BST  – Register today and be sure to bring your questions and ideas to the webinar.  … Read more Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2019

Meet the Ambassador of the Year for 2019, Arif Ashraf

We are happy to announce that this year’s Ambassador of the Year award is presented to Arif Ashraf, who is currently in Japan, although will be moving to Michigan shortly.  Please read below to learn more about Arif, in his own words. I am Arif Ashraf. I graduated from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular … Read more Meet the Ambassador of the Year for 2019, Arif Ashraf

ASPB Names 2019 Award Recipients

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 awards, which honor excellence in research, education, outreach, and service. Honors to be presented at Plant Biology 2019 in San Jose, California Adolph E. Gude, Jr. Award Maarten Chrispeels, University of California, San Diego ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural … Read more ASPB Names 2019 Award Recipients

ASPB Member Julian Schroeder Awarded Khalifa International Award

Media Contact: Mario Aguilera 858-822-5148; maguilera@ucsd.edu Julian Schroeder Awarded International Prize for Advances in Plant Research Khalifa International Award recognizes agricultural innovation Division of Biological Sciences/University of California San Diego UC San Diego Distinguished Professor Julian Schroeder has been awarded a prestigious international prize for his research achievements in plant drought and salt tolerance, as … Read more ASPB Member Julian Schroeder Awarded Khalifa International Award

Welcome to the New Early Career Representatives on ASPB Committees

As part of the #ASPBForward movement, five of the ASPB committees have added an Early Career Representative (ECR) to their committee rosters: Education Committee, International Committee, Minority Affairs Committee, Publications Committee and the Women in Plant Biology committee (Membership Committee and Science Policy Committee already had ECR positions).  ASPB is happy to introduce these exceptional … Read more Welcome to the New Early Career Representatives on ASPB Committees

Welcome the New ASPB Ambassadors

ASPB Ambassadors are early career scientists (students and postdocs) and industry employees enlisted to communicate the mission and vision of the Society to other plant biologists and to the general public, to help ensure the ongoing vitality of the Society.  These young leaders engage their campus communities in outreach activities, represent ASPB at section conferences, … Read more Welcome the New ASPB Ambassadors

Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Next-Gen Careers

President’s Letter—March/April 2019 By Rob Last, Michigan State University, ASPB President. Co-authored by Laura Grapes, Bayer Crop Sciences, and Andrew Hanson, University of Florida. We continue the experiment of expanding participation in ASPB started with the last President’s Letter (http://bit.ly/SecuringFuturePl…). This letter is part of a collection of resources (http://bit.ly/NextGenerationCa…) about training and jobs in the … Read more Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Next-Gen Careers

Announcing the new global Plant Science Events Calendar!

ASPB community – are you hosting a plant science event or attending one?  If so, please consider posting on the new Plant Science Events Calendar on Plantae.org. This service is provided free to the plant science community with the support of Agrisera, a Swedish company specializing in polyclonal and monoclonal antibody production, and longtime presence in the community. The … Read more Announcing the new global Plant Science Events Calendar!

Announcing the 2019 Travel Grant Winners

The Travel Grant Program aims to increase attendance of early career scientists at the annual meeting by providing travel funds for those in financial need. Increasing diversity among the annual meeting attendees is another primary goal. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are strongly encouraged to apply. … Read more Announcing the 2019 Travel Grant Winners

The Plant Cell 30th Anniversary Favorite Images

Celebrating 30 years of progress in capturing and creating images in plant science High-quality image reproduction was one of the central ideas behind the founding of The Plant Cell 30 years ago. Those who remember the early days of the journal will no doubt recall the novelty of a scientific journal printed on heavy weight glossy paper. The … Read more The Plant Cell 30th Anniversary Favorite Images

The Plant Cell 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Competition!

Eligibility The contest is open to all, including TPC editors and ASPB staff. Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the following rules. There is no limit to the number of entries per person during the contest period. Design Designs should be no larger than 12″ x 12″. … Read more The Plant Cell 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Competition!

Announcing the 2019 ASPB Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) Winners

The goal of the ASPB Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award is to increase attendance at the Plant Biology annual meeting of young female investigators who are within the first five years of their appointment in academic faculty-level positions, government research positions, or industry research scientist positions, as well as experienced postdocs. By naming the 2019 … Read more Announcing the 2019 ASPB Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) Winners

ASPB Membership Dues Discount for Scientists in Developing Nations

Over the years many from plant scientists from developing nations have told us that, much as they wish to join ASPB, there simply isn’t sufficient funding for them to do so. In an effort to redress this situation, a least a bit, beginning right now ASPB will start offering a member dues discount to scientists … Read more ASPB Membership Dues Discount for Scientists in Developing Nations