Plant BLOOME 2023 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 ( Congratulations to the 2023 ASPB Plant BLOOME grant recipients! Engaging high school students in the Springfield Massachusetts Public Schools … Read more

ASPB Joins AAAS and Others to Reaffirm Commitment to Advancing DEI in STEM

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2023 ruling on the use of race in college admissions, many academic institutions are left reworking admissions programs and policies that have historically benefitted Black, Indigenous, and Latino students. The end of race-conscious college admissions directly impacts the reach and accessibility of higher education by the very … Read more

The Plant Cell is Searching for its Next Editor-in-Chief

As the highly successful term of current Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell is coming to an end, the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is seeking a prominent plant scientist to assume the duties and responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell, effective January 1, 2025. ASPB’s Editor Search Committee is charged with evaluating candidates for … Read more

ASPB’s 2023 Election Results

Many thanks to those members who took the time to vote this summer; and hearty congratulations to our incoming President-elect, Hong Ma, and elected member of the Board of Directors, Sarah Wyatt! Additionally, the recognition of Avraham Levy and Wataru Sakamoto as Enid MacRobbie corresponding members was overwhelmingly ratified by the ASPB membership. Hong and … Read more

ASPB Journals Launch Author Travel Awards

Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell pledge to help published authors present their science   Authors whose work has been published in Plant Physiology or The Plant Cell, leading international society journals published by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), have a new option to support their travel to share their research with the … Read more

ASPB Joins More Than 50 Organizations Calling on Congress to Protect Agricultural Research

ASPB recently joined more than 50 food, farm, and conservation organizations in urging Congress to protect public investment in agricultural research. “Investing in research at the intersection of agriculture and climate change is critical to both short-term and long-term efforts to protect the viability of the agricultural industry,” the letter reads. “Unfortunately, the U.S. is … Read more

Congratulations to 2023 ASPB Award Recipients

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2023 awards, which honor distinction in service, outreach, education, and research. ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology Renata Bolognesi, Stanislaw Flasinski, Sergey Ivashuta, Daniel Kendrick, Curtis Scherder, Gerrit Segers Bayer, Chesterfield, Missouri Charles Albert Shull Award José Dinneny Stanford University, … Read more

Hardship Applications for Membership Dues Waiver/Discount

To create a transparent, consistent, and equitable process to provide assistance with membership dues to current and potential ASPB members, ASPB has implemented a formal process by which those in the plant science community can request a discounted or free membership. The goal of the Board-approved hardship dues reduction program is to provide a mechanism … Read more

ASPB to Exhibit at the 2023 White House Easter Egg Roll

The American Society of Plant Biologists announces its participation in a time-honored White House tradition to engage families in the importance of plants.   The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) will engage children and families in fun activities and plant biology discussions at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday April 10, 2023. … Read more

ASPB Joins 400 Organizations Calling for Farm Bill Budget Resources

As the fiscal year 2024 (FY24) budget is being developed, ASPB joined forces with more than 400 organizations sending a letter to House and Senate Budget and Agriculture Committee members calling for providing the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and House Committee on Agriculture with sufficient budgetary resources. These budget resources could be … Read more

Make a Difference for Student Researchers this Summer

ASPB’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program has long-been one of the most in-demand programs at ASPB for young researchers. This year, however, there was an enormous amount of interest from enthusiastic undergraduates interested in exploring plant biology! With so many more applications than we’ve seen in years past, ASPB is looking to the community … Read more

ASPB Webinar April 14: What I Wish I Had Known When I Started Grad School

April 14, 2023 1 PM CDT The ASPB Early Career Plant Scientists (ECPS) Section wants to help you succeed in graduate school. So, we’re bringing back one of our most popular panel discussion webinars, “What I Wish I Had Known When I Started Grad School.” In this webinar, a panel including recent grad school graduates … Read more

Funding Opportunities: Fall 2023 Programs from DOE’s Office of Science

DOE’s Office of Science Is Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2023 Undergraduate Intern and Visiting Faculty Placements Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2023 term of three programs offered by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program The Community College Internships (CCI) program The … Read more

ASPB Joins 64 Organizations Urging Funding for AgARDA

On March 8, 2023, ASPB, together with 64 other organizations, signed a letter addressed to the Subcommittee on Agriculture to urge $50 million in funding for the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AgARDA). “Advanced research agencies have been effectively deployed in defense, energy, and health to tackle the biggest challenges facing these industries in … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Supporting Farm Bill Investment

ASPB, together with more than 50 other organizations, signed a letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees requesting $8 billion in food and agriculture research, facilities, Extension, and education in the Farm Bill. The letter urges the committee to consider that the most important “food and agricultural advancements rely on a continuous pipeline of … Read more

Read and Publish Agreements in ASPB Journals

Authors required to publish in open-access journals may be able to publish in ASPB journals at no additional cost to them As institutions and funders around the world require authors to publish with journals meeting certain open access standards, authors may feel like their options for journals in which to publish are becoming more limited. … Read more

It’s Time to Retire the Term “Blind” Review

Putting ableist language behind us   As part of ASPB’s commitment to diversity (see ASPB’s Revised Diversity Statement, 2021), we are changing our language around peer review to use the phrase “anonymous” review rather than “blind” review. We are joining the efforts of several other academic publishers and societies to move away from this unclear … Read more

The Plant Cell’s Cover Image Continues Global Conversation Over AI-Generated Art

The January 2023 Focus Issue of The Plant Cell, one of ASPB’s high-impact journals, spotlights research focusing on the biology of plant response to abiotic stresses and explores the effects of climate change such as increased drought conditions and extreme heat. It also features an innovative AI-generated cover image created by Nan Eckardt, Senior Features … Read more

Undergrads: Build Confidence, Learn Skills with an ASPB Summer Research Fellowship

Submit an Application for an ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships   Undergraduate students seeking opportunities to develop their research skills this summer can get support from ASPB. ASPB’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) provides promising undergraduate students who are researching topics in or closely related to plant biology a $6,000 summer stipend, $700 for materials, … Read more

2023 ASPB Awards Seeking Honorees

ASPB’s Awards honor the most notable achievements and contributions of plant scientists worldwide—a responsibility that the Society carries out in large part through our annual awards program. It is vital to our profession that we all recognize our colleagues’ efforts by taking time to nominate them for awards. 2023 ASPB Awards In 2023, ASPB will … Read more