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An Interview with Gözde S. Demirer: Plant Genetic Engineering Tools for the 21st Century and Beyond

Dr. Gözde S. Demirer obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Koç University in Turkey, before moving to the University of California Berkeley for her PhD. There, she worked on the development of carbon nanotubes as tools for the genetic engineering of plants,…

An Interview with Leonie Luginbuehl: Asking the “Carbon Questions” in Plant-fungal Symbioses

Leonie Luginbuehl is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Prior to her current position, she was a PhD student in the lab of Prof. Giles Oldroyd at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, where she discovered the role of the transcription factor RAM1 in regulating the exchange…

An Interview with Liana Acevedo Siaca: Measuring Photosynthesis Under Real World Conditions

Dr. Liana Acevedo-Siaca is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the supervision of Prof. Stephen P. Long, within the framework of the Realizing Increased…

The Plant Cell Features December First Authors

Behind the manuscripts are researchers, professors, professionals and students dedicated to advancing the field of plant science. You’ve seen our First Authors on Twitter and Facebook— now, read more about why they chose to pursue plant sciences and click on the links to read their articles.   Kaiwei…

Introducing New Model Plant Species for 2024

This infographic presents an overview of four plant model species you might not have considered for your research: Zostera marina, Physcomitrium patens, Lemna spp., and Marchantia polymorpha. Each one is at a different stage of use as a model and we aim to highlight that they can be used to address questions…

2024 Black History Month: Black Plant Scientists Spotlight

A Message from the Initiative Originator, Kevin Cox Jr., Ph.D: Throughout my career, I have attended a number of exciting scientific conferences. These conferences have provided me with a chance to share my science among my peers, network and build new connections, and hear selected speakers give…

Science Communication and Public Understanding

Scientific theories and methods can be complex. This may lead to misunderstandings, cause fear about scientific knowledge, and affect public trust in scientific research. To effectively engage with the public and gain their support, scientists must actively communicate about their work. Many expect…

Plantae Presents: Plant Science for Startups

Plantae Presents: Plant Science for Startups Featuring Kathleen Hefferon, Maria Sorkin, Adrián López Velarde, Daniel Westcott, and Weslee Glenn When: Friday, February 23, 2024, at 8:00 AM PST | 11:00 AM EST | 4:00 PM GMT | 9:30 PM IST About this Webinar Embark on a transformative journey through…

Navigating the Labyrinth of Discrimination: A Call for Inclusion in Academia

Discrimination is not a new topic, we hear it on the news, we see it on social media, we have -hopefully- talked about it with our peers in conferences or during lunch.  It might sound even repetitive. But then, if we have talked, read and heard so much about it, why are we still writing on this? Unfortunately,…