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

Nominate ASPB’s Future Leaders

The leaders of a global society such as ASPB, with members from 55 countries and growing, play a vital role not just in driving the organization forward, but in listening to, representing, and advocating for the membership and constituency the society serves. To find the best leadership for the Society, the process starts with a … Read more

Deadline Extended! Workshop Proposals for Plant Biology 2023

The plant science community is invited to submit proposals for workshops to be held during Plant Biology 2023.  The deadline for workshop proposal submissions is November 20, 2022. The Program Committee will review the proposals for currency (new and up-to-date information), and their relevance and value to the community. The committee also encourages submissions from … Read more

Deadline Extended! Concurrent Symposium Proposals for Plant Biology 2023

The American Society of Plant Biologists is now accepting proposals for concurrent symposium topics for  Plant Biology 2023. The deadline for concurrent symposium submissions is November 20, 2022. Proposals should span the range of interests of ASPB members, including exciting new scientific developments and interdisciplinary areas, and they should represent the demographics of our memberships.  … Read more

Early-Career Researchers: Make an Impact with DARPA’s New Innovation Fellowship

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced its Innovation Fellowship to recruit early career scientists and engineers to serve two-year positions at DARPA. Through the program, fellows will manage a research portfolio in collaboration with DARPA program managers and build relationships with DARPA performers in academia, industry, and nonprofits. Fellows will be part … Read more

Green Career Week is October 3-7

October 3-7 has been designated Green Career Week, a nationwide effort led by local horticulture, agriculture and floriculture businesses and organizations around the country designed to expose high school students to the outstanding career opportunities in these fields. During Green Career Week, participating businesses and organizations will connect with local high schools to showcase the … Read more

What is it Like to Serve as an Early Career Representative on an ASPB Committee?

Read these question-and-response documents to learn what it is like to serve as an Early Career Representative (ECR) on different ASPB Committees. As you read these responses from ECRs serving on various committees, you may find that the function and responsibilities of a specific committee “speak to you.” Contemplate what you hope to accomplish by … Read more

From Plant Biology 2022: Joint Genome Institute Covers the “Single Cell and Spatial Biology Across the Plant Kingdom” Symposium

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) released the latest episode of its “Genome Insider” podcast, “Better Crops With a Pointillist Approach to Plant Genomics,” featuring speakers from the “Single Cell and Spatial Biology Across the Plant Kingdom” concurrent symposium that took place on Sunday, July 10, at Plant Biology 2022. In … Read more

From Plant Biology 2022: Following the Light

A Brilliant Summary of the “Responses to Light” Symposium By Guadalupe Fernández-Milmanda As explained by the symposium chair, Prof. Andreas Madlung (University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington), summarizing the “Responses to Light” concurrent symposium, presented Sunday, July 10 at Plant Biology 2022, is quite challenging, as, in very simple words, plants use light for many … Read more

From Plant Biology 2022: How Plants Pave the Way for Human Space Exploration

By Stefanie Wege Crop Harvest on the International Space Station “Space research breeds on earth innovation,” stated NASA researcher Dr. Howard Levin during his presentation “Current Capabilities for growing Plants in Space,” the first talk in the concurrent symposium “Plants for Space,” which took place Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Plant Biology 2022. Dr. Levin … Read more

From Plant Biology 2022: Plants vs Insects Session Recap

By Guadalupe Fernández-Milmanda At Plant Biology 2022, a varied group of speakers presented the latest advances from one of the oldest wars that takes place in our world: Plants versus insects, during the “Plants Versus Insects” concurrent symposium on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Attendees heard news from multiple front lines: cotton, cowpea, and Arabidopsis, and … Read more

ASPB’s 2022 Election Results

Many thanks to those members who took the time to vote this summer; and hearty congratulations to our incoming president-elect, Leeann Thornton, and secretary-elect, Ian Wallace! Additionally, the recognition of Tzyy Jen Chiou, Andreas Schaller, and Nicholas Smirnoff as Enid MacRobbie Corresponding members was overwhelmingly ratified by the ASPB membership. Leann and Ian will begin … Read more

From Plant Biology 2022: Creating an Inspiring Scientific Environment to Discuss Climate-Smart Agriculture

Highlights of the ASPB African Researchers Network Workshop and Hackathon   By Sessen Daniel Iohannes and Modesta Abugu Current agricultural ecosystems are threatened by ongoing climate change and weather extremes that affect crop production, biodiversity, and dynamics of pests and diseases. We need to rethink how we do agriculture to bridge the gap between productivity, … Read more

From Plant Biology 2022: Tangled Up In Plant Immunity at the CSPB/SCBV President’s Plenary ‘Interacting and Tangled Plant Immune Pathways’

By Sarah Courbier, PhD Each year, 10% to 30% of crops are lost to pathogens and pests worldwide, and these losses are only increasing with climate change. To maintain food security, it is crucial to fully understand how plants detect and respond to pathogen infections. Pioneering work from Jones and Dangl (2006) have shed light … Read more

ASPB Backs LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act, Now Referred in Senate

On June 13, 2022, ASPB, together with 90 scientific organizations, signed a letter in support of the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act. The bill would require federal surveys to include data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity on a voluntary basis and ensure that lawmakers and federal agencies have the comprehensive data they need to … Read more

$1.5 Billion Program Will Support up to 150 ECRs Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute made waves with the announcement of its Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program, a new program supporting early career researchers (ECRs) who fulfill the program’s goals of not only advancing their fields of research but also “diversity, equity, and inclusion through their mentorship and understanding of the experiences of trainees from races … Read more

Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2022

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, you will be helping to shape the future of the Society and the plant science community as a whole.
On Monday, June 27, 2022 we held a live, online “Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates” event to get to know the candidates for ASPB president-elect. Before you vote, take some time to learn about the candidates for President-elect by watching the webinar recording and/or reading 2022 Election Brochure.
Voting is open until July 20, 2022 at Not a member yet? Join here! 
If you have any additional questions, please comment below or email
ASPB’s elected officers represent your interests and priorities as members; they work for you!


Leeann Thornton

Leeann Thornton is a professor of biology at The College of New Jersey and the director of the first-year seminar program.

Laura Wayne
Laura Wayne is an Associate Laureate and the Oils Discovery Leader at Corteva Agriscience in Johnston, IA.



Deisiany Ferreira Neres
Deisiany Ferreira Neres is a PhD candidate in the Biological Systems Engineering department at Virginia Tech University. She has recently joined the ASPB’s Ambassador Alliance where she hopes to be in close contact with the scientific community and contribute to it.