Sprinting to Endow ASPB’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

By now, we hope you have heard about ASPB’s major fundraising drive – the Centennial Challenge – leading up to ASPB’s 100th anniversary in 2024. Although components of the Centennial Challenge – the Pioneer of ASPB program, for example – are perennial, at a recent meeting of the Centennial Challenge Committee it was decided to … Read more

Request for Concurrent Symposium Proposals for Plant Biology 2022

We are looking forward to Plant Biology 22, a meeting organized jointly by the Canadian and American societies of plant biology, returning to a primarily in-person format in Portland. New for this year, the ASPB/CSPB/SCBV Program Committee is soliciting proposals from the community to convene and organize concurrent symposia. The Program Committee will evaluate the proposals … Read more

ASPB Statement on Sexual Harassment

Reports of sexual harassment in the plant sciences have recently been brought to public attention by Science magazine. The American Society of Plant Biologists believes that discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation have no place in our society, and we want to express our strongest support to any victims of such reprehensible behaviors. Although neither the … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Urging Support for NSF Funding in Infrastructure/Reconciliation and Appropriations

ASPB is pleased to sign a letter urging U.S. House and Senate Democratic leadership to prioritize and protect the vital investments in agricultural climate research, agricultural innovation, and agricultural research infrastructure within the Build Back Better human and climate infrastructure package.  These proposed investments are a generational down payment to fill critical R&D gaps and … Read more

Browse high impact research from The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology

Since the beginning of 2021, ASPB has partnered with Oxford University Press in the publication of The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology (see ASPB welcomes Oxford University Press). Through this partnership we’ve been exploring new ways to share and highlight the exciting research published in these journals. We’d like to introduce you to a new … Read more

Tribute—Chunhua Zhang

1977–2021 ASPB and the international plant biology community have lost one of their brightest and best stars, Chunhua Zhang, assistant professor of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University. Chunhua was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in February 2021 shortly after giving birth to her fourth child. She did everything in her power to fight … Read more

President’s Letter—Code Red

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called the Sixth Assessment Report, released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in August, a “code red for humanity” (IPCC, 2021). With improved knowledge of climate processes, paleoclimate evidence, and increasing radiative forcing (change in the energy flux in the atmosphere caused by climate change), some uncertainties in … Read more

ASPB and partners awarded $2 million NSF grant to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the plant sciences

By Mary Williams and Crispin Taylor, with graphics designed by Siobhan Braybrook We are excited to announce that ASPB, along with our partners, has been awarded a five-year grant through the NSF’s LEAPS [LEAding cultural change through Professional Societies (LEAPS) of Biology] program. As the lead organization, ASPB has the privilege of coordinating the development … Read more

PB21 Workshop and Hackathon on Improving Orphan Crops to Foster Bioeconomies

organized by the ASPB African Researchers Network, in collaboration with OCP North America Orphan crops offer promising opportunities to tackle critical challenges of our time, including food insecurity, climate change and economic instability. Despite their nutritional properties, tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses and adherence to local food cultures and low-input production systems, these crops … Read more

Please Share Your Thoughts with Us

Thank you for taking the time to read ASPB President Maureen McCann’s letter regarding the ASPB Board of Director’s recent decision to reaffirm a commitment to holding Plant Biology 2023 in Savannah, GA. Now that you’ve done so, we’d welcome your thoughts on the approaches that ASPB should take toward identifying future conference venues and … Read more

President’s Letter—July/August 2021

A Difficult Decision A major focus of ASPB is science policy and how it impacts research funding, the pipeline of talent into our labs, and regulatory practices. In the United States, our Science Policy Committee engages on our behalf with federal funding agencies and legislators from both parties to raise awareness of, and advocate for, … Read more

Did you know? Plant Biology 2021 is hosting a joint Symposium with Botany 2021!

The Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit is taking place at the same time as Botany 2021, and in honor of ASPB’s and BSA’s joint interest in supporting the plant science community and our overlapping audiences, we will be hosting a joint symposium on Wednesday, July 21, open to both sets of attendees! The symposium’s title is “An Exploration of Inter-kingdom … Read more

ASPB’s 2021 Election Results

Many thanks to those members who took the time to vote this spring; and hearty congratulations to our incoming president-elect, Gustavo MacIntosh and elected member, Elena Monte! Additionally, the recognition of Naomi Ori and Shu-Hsing Wu as Enid MacRobbie corresponding members was overwhelmingly ratified by the ASPB membership. Gustavo and Elena will begin their next … Read more

Early Career Plant Scientist? You belong at Plant Biology 2021!

Registration is open for the Plant Biology Worldwide Summit 2021. We are excited to welcome plant scientists at all stages of their careers to the conference, and our group rates lower the costs for everyone!   A few specific things that may particularly interest early career researchers (ECRs):   We are very focused on accessibility this … Read more

Announcing the 2021 ASPB Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winners

Each year, ASPB, through its Women in Plant Biology Committee, makes travel awards to early career women investigators to attend the Plant Biology conference. The goal of the competitive process that underpins the Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) program is to increase attendance of early career women investigators at the Plant Biology conference by … Read more

President’s Letter—Critical Infrastructure

Global agricultural production of rice, wheat, maize, and soybean, crops that together provide over 70% of human calories, was at close to record yields last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments recognized growers as essential workers and the food supply chain as critical infrastructure. Early concerns about potential food shortages proved unfounded. Our collective fears … Read more

Yunde Zhao Will Succeed Mike Blatt as Editor-in-Chief of Plant Physiology®

ASPB is pleased to announce the appointment of Yunde Zhao as editor-in-chief (EIC) of Plant Physiology® beginning January 1, 2022. First published by ASPB in 1926, Plant Physiology® is a premier international journal devoted to all aspects of plant biology research, from structural and molecular discoveries to systems science and ecophysiology. Yunde’s appointment follows a … Read more

Vicky Chandler is the 2021 Recipient of the ASPB Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award

ROCKVILLE, MD – The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce that Vicki Chandler is the recipient of its 2021 Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award. The ASPB Science Policy Committee awards the Mary Clutter Leadership in Science Public Service Award annually to recognize individuals who have advanced the … Read more

Nominations for the PUI Section Steering Committee Now Open

The ASPB PUI section needs new leadership! Currently, the section is led by a five-member steering committee, a chairperson, and a section representative to ASPB council and Membership committee. This year we have several members of the leadership team rotating out of their positions. Therefore, we need to elect a new section representative to Council/MemCom … Read more