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

Cultivating the next generation of scientists and the scientific literature through micropublications

Guest post by Amy T. Hark, Muhlenberg College Scientific training is largely built on mentoring relationships, often beginning at the undergraduate level.  Students have found increasing opportunities to engage in research and the benefits including promoting engagement and retention are well documented.  But what parts of the research process do undergraduates typically have access to?  … 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

Help Improve Wikipedia’s Coverage of Plant Biology by Running a Wikipedia Assignment

Through its partnership with Wiki Education, ASPB has been helping to steadily improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Plant Biology for several years. As part of the Wikipedia Student Program, faculty at institutions of higher education across the U.S. and Canada have been asking their students to contribute to Wikipedia as a course assignment, and the results … 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

Plant BLOOME 2021 Winners Announced

ASPB established the Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials, & Education (Plant BLOOME) grant program with the goal to enhance public awareness and understanding of the essential roles of plants in all areas of life (http://bloome.aspb.org). Congratulations to the 2021 ASPB Plant BLOOME grant recipients!   The Legume-rhizobium Mutualism: A Model for Inquiry in the … Read more

Announcing the 2021 ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

The ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program funds promising undergraduate students so they can conduct research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers over the course of 10 consecutive weeks. This year’s SURF recipients will present their research at Plant Biology 2022. Congratulations to these 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows … Read more

Funding Opportunity for Post-Bac Research

NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter highlighting an RFP for PIs on active awards. Learn more about this new program in this letter from NSF Communications Specialist Jared Dashoff. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) recognizes the importance of early-career research experiences, especially for individuals contemplating a career in science, … 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

CourseSource Online Writing Studios – Application Now Open

In partnership with Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) meeting, CourseSource is hosting Online Writing Studios this summer. The online Writing Studio will be offered twice this summer: July 19-21 from 12-4 pm Eastern each day (for participants writing about online and/or in-person lessons) August 16-18 from 12-4 pm Eastern each day … Read more

Botany 2021 and Plant Biology 2021 are Pleased to Announce a Joint Session Open to all Attendees of Both Conferences

Botany 2021 and Plant Biology 2021 are pleased to announce a joint session open to all attendees of both conferences. Five international experts will speak on diverse symbioses, including endophytes, endofungal symbionts, mycorrhizae, and lichens, with opportunities to engage throughout the symposium. Join us for three hours of exploration of interkingdom interactions. Organized by Gary Stacey, Elizabeth Kellogg, … Read more

Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2021

Belonging to ASPB brings more than discounts for attending Plant Biology meetings or publishing in the Society’s journals. Our members form a community of dedicated individuals who, like you, work together to support and nurture an engaged, vibrant, and thriving community of plant scientists. By getting involved in ASPB and by voting in our elections, … Read more