Entries by Mary Williams

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Amanda A. Cardosa

Amanda A. Cardoso, first author of Hydraulics regulates stomatal responses to changes in leaf water status in Athyrium filix-femina Current Position: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA Education: PhD in Plant Physiology, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil Non-scientific Interests: Traveling, outdoor activities, bushwalking, soccer-beer-BBQ Brief bio: Plants have always captured my […]

100 “First author profiles”!

We recognize the hard work that goes into scientific discovery, and the significant challenges faced by those at the beginning of their research career: low pay, long hours, and job insecurity. And yet, without graduate students and postdocs, science would grind to a virtual halt. As publisher and a professional society, ASPB is actively seeking […]

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Elisabeth Grund

Elisabeth Grund, first author of Plant NLRs with integrated domains: Unity makes strength Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at the LIPM, INRA Occitanie-Toulouse, France Education: PhD in Phytopathology (specialization: Fungal genetics) from Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France; MSc in Applied and Molecular Botany, University of Hamburg, Germany; BSc in Biosciences / Life Sciences, University of […]

Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Anna Newman-Griffis

Anna Newman-Griffis, first author of Medicago LINC complexes function in nuclear morphology, nuclear movement, and root nodule symbiosis Current Position: Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University Center for Life Sciences Education Education: BA, Biology, Carleton College; PhD, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, The Ohio State University Non-scientific interests: Baking, sewing, hiking, gaming, singing Brief bio: […]

Meeting review: Energy costs of salinity tolerance in crop plants (New Phytol)

Plants use diverse strategies for salt tolerance, including regulated transport of several different ions and production of compatible organic solutes. In April 2018, a workshop was held to discuss strategies for breeding salt tolerance in plants, with a focus on the energy requirements of various strategies. Some specific approaches for improving salinity tolerance in crops […]

Review: Mechanisms of plant–soil feedback: interactions among biotic and abiotic drivers

We often think about how the soil environment influences plants, but two new papers focus on how plants influence the soil environment (through abiotic and biotic effects), in turn affecting other plants. These plant-soil feedbacks (PSFs) can be negative (resource depletion, natural enemy accumulation) or positive (resource deposition, mutualist accumulation). Bennett et al. summarize these […]

Re-establishment of PIN2 polarity after cell division (Nature Plants)

Plant cells have polarity, with the distribution of the auxin transporter protein PIN2 being a well-described example. Glanc et al. investigated how polarity is re-established following cell division. The authors showed that during cytokinesis, protein trafficking is directed towards the central cell plate (site of the new cell wall), but afterwards PIN2 relocalizes to its […]

Leaf development in canopy shade (J. Exp. Bot)

Vegetative shade affects the ratio of red (R) and far-red (FR) light; relative to sunlight, the R/FR ratio is decreased due to absorbance of photosynthetically-active R light by other leaves. Low R/FR ratios cause increased elongation of shaded plant stems and petioles, as the plants strive to raise their photosynthetic tissues above those of their […]