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TapRoot S3E5: Simon Says: Captivate the public with snazzy videos of plant defense, send plants to space, and embrace curiosity-driven science

In this episode, Liz and Ivan talk with Professor Simon Gilroy to bust the myth that plant scientists are only motivated to feed the world. So, let’s get back to the basics! Simon has been a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at Edinburgh in 1984…

Giving and Receiving Feedback: Constructive Follow-up

About This Seminar Giving and receiving feedback are not easy tasks for most of us. Yet they are necessary in helping us improve and communicate our goals. Often we avoid both giving and receiving feedback, but this will come at a cost and might lead to false perceptions of our skills and abilities.…

Welcome to our 2019 Plantae Fellows!

In 2014, ASPB launched Plantae as part of our ongoing commitment to create a vibrant and engaging community for plant scientists. Currently, Plantae has over 9,000 users and the content generated by this community is broadcast to over 27,000 people on social media. Each year we select a group of Plantae…

Studies reveal the key role of the transcription factor NIN in rhizobial infection

Translated from the original Source: Molecular Plant Science Excellence Innovation Center / Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology. Release: 2019-02-19 On February 1st, Plant Physiology published an article from the Center for Excellence in Plant and Microbiology at the Institute…

A new approach to graduate professional development; lessons learned from a leadership retreat

If you had 48 free hours, what are the odds you’d spend them at a leadership retreat? Prior to my own experience I would have said “not likely”. After all, I’m a second-year graduate student with coursework, experiments, and TA responsibilities clamoring for my time. I’m also a member of the…

Scientists reveal a new mechanism of epigenetic regulation of plant leaf senescence

Article source: Plant Research Institute Published: 2019-02-03. Translated from the original. Leaf senescence is subject to severe regulation processes and is the final stage of leaf development. When leaves senescence, chlorophyll, nucleic acids, lipids, proteins, and other high-molecular substances…

What We're Reading: February 1st

Happy February! This week we have a special issue featuring summaries written by candidates for the  2019 Plantae Fellows program. (Official announcement to follow soon). Review: Deep learning on image-based plant phenotyping The development of deep learning brings opportunities to train computers…

Recognizing Plant Cell first authors: Raul Huertas

Raul Huertas, first author of Arabidopsis SmE1 regulates plant development and response to abiotic stress by determining spliceosome activity specificity Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Noble Research Institute, Admore, Oklahoma, USA Education: Ph.D. in Plant Science, Universidad de Granada…