Entries by Mary Williams

Plantae Presents: Sophien Kamoun and Phil Carella

Plantae Presents – Sophien Kamoun and Phil Carella Recorded Wednesday September 16 10am EDT, 4pm CET Sophien Kamoun: Evolutionary dynamics of NLR immune receptors in plants Sophien Kamoun is senior scientist at the Sainsbury Laboratory and professor of biology at the University of East Anglia. He grew up in Tunisia, studied at the Pierre and […]

Letter. Planting equity: Using what we know to cultivate growth as a plant biology community (Plant Cell)

COVID-19 has derailed everyone’s lives and plans; 2020 is truly an “annus horribilis.” Yet clearly this pandemic has hit some harder than others. Note for example the greatly disproportionate mortality in Black and Indigenous populations, which surely contributed to the outpouring of outrage following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. For many, […]

Plant Science Research Weekly: September 11, 2020

Review. Roles of plant retinoblastoma protein: cell cycle and beyond The cell cycle is at the heart of processes such as cell division, fate acquisition and cell cycle exit towards differentiation. Decades of cell cycle research in animals and yeast have outlined the main components that control the cycle’s transitions, such as cyclins, cyclin-dependent kinases, […]

Plantae Presents: Alejandra I. Huerta and Paola Reyes-Caldas

Plantae Presents – Alejandra I. Huerta and Paola Reyes-Caldas  Recorded Tuesday Sep 8, 2020 9:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM PDT) Alejandra I. Huerta: In pursuit of durable disease resistance in rice: Exploiting effectors, allelic variation and MAGIC Alejandra I. Huerta is an Assistant Professor of Phytobacteriology in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at […]

Review: Compartmentalization drives the evolution of symbiotic cooperation (Proc. Roy. Soc.)

Many plants take advantage of microbial symbionts to boost their nutrient uptake, with classic examples provided by mycorrhizal fungi and the legume/Rhizobia partnership. Similar symbiotic partners are found in other domains of life, including the coral/dinoflagellate symbiosis, and the symbiosis between many insects or other animals and their gut microbiota. Chomicki et al. address all […]

Plant Science Research Weekly: September 4, 2020

Review. Imaging flowers: a guide to current microscopy and tomography techniques to study flower development Flowers bear the reproductive organs and determine the reproductive success of plants by producing fruits and seeds. Flowers usually include four whorls of organs: sepals, petals, stamen and carpel. In this review, Prunet and Duncan discuss various microscopic and tomographic […]

Implicit Bias & Conscious Inclusion Workshop

Implicit Bias and Conscious Inclusion A joint workshop of ASPB’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Women in Plant Biology Committees When: Friday, September 11, 2020 at 9 AM PDT (UTC-7) | 11 AM CDT (UTC-5) | 12 PM EDT (UTC-4) NOTE: This webinar is 2 hours long. To register, please complete this form. Registration is […]

Slow development restores the fertility of photoperiod-sensitive male-sterile plant lines (Plant Physiol.)

There are many well-known advantages to hybrid seeds. However, one obstacle is the tendency of some plants to self-pollinate. The development of genetically male-sterile lines greatly facilitates hybrid seed production, as the maternal male-sterile plant cannot self-fertilize and depends on donor pollen to set seed. Of course, this raises the question of how these lines […]