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American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting: Plant Biology 2002
The American Society of Plant Biologists annual meeting, Plant Biology 2002, will be held August 3-7, 2002 in Denver at the Adams Mark Hotel. The latest advances in plant science will be presented by leading researchers at the meeting. (2001-11-05)

Studies shed light on how to reduce the amount of toxins in plant-derived foods
A number of environmental toxins pose considerable health threats to humans, and the heavy metal cadmium (Cd) ranks high on the list. Most of us are exposed to it through plant-derived foods such as grains and vegetables. Now, new research offers ways in which investigators can reduce the amount of Cd found in the food we eat, according to a review published online Sept. 12 in the Cell Press journal Trends in Plant Science. (2012-09-12)

On the defense: Conserved features of plant innate immunity
The innate immune response is the body's first line of defense against pathogen infection. In the June 15 issue of G&D, Dr. Xin Li (University of British Columbia) and colleagues report that three proteins work together in the MOS4-associated complex to execute innate immunity in the mustard weed, Arabidopsis. (2007-06-14)

Declining US plant breeding programs impacts food security
Decreasing access to funding, technology, and knowledge in U.S. plant breeding programs could negatively impact our future food security. (2020-08-20)

Landscape architecture survey: Is plant knowledge passé?
A study evaluated attitudes and perceptions of practicing landscape architects in the southeastern United States with regards to the importance of horticultural knowledge. While seasoned practitioners in the residential design market said they had a favorable opinion of their own plant knowledge, they felt that recent graduates in landscape architecture have insufficient knowledge of plants. The authors say the study shows a continued need for both formal and informal extended education classes for the profession. (2011-12-14)

Whitefly spreads emerging plant viruses
A tiny whitefly is responsible for spreading a group of plant viruses that cause devastating disease on food, fiber, and ornamental crops, say plant pathologists with the American Phytopathological Society. (2007-01-18)

An unexpected outcome of atmospheric CO2 enrichment
Mycorrhizae help plants acquire soil nutrients but also drain substantial carbon from plants. Whether mycorrhizae help or hinder plant growth depends upon the balance between nutrient benefits and carbon costs. The forthcoming issue of Ecology Letters demonstrates that enrichment of atmospheric CO2 and soil N interacts with mycorrhizae to structure the species composition of experimental plant communities. This study emphasizes the need to consider mycorrhizal interactions when predicting plant community responses to global change factors. (2003-05-22)

Latest knowledge on plant cell-wall biology in new book
The wall to a plant cell is no longer just a biological bulwark. It is a critical component in science. To update other biologists, Jocelyn Rose, Cornell assistant professor of plant biology, has assembled and edited a new book, (2003-12-04)

2 Springer plant science journals singled out by SLA
In 2009, the members of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) celebrated the 100th anniversary of their professional group. In conjunction with this centennial, the BioMedical and Life Sciences Division of the SLA conducted a poll to identify the 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine over the last 100 years. Two Springer journals were included in the top 100: the Journal of Plant Research and Plant Ecology. (2009-04-20)

Coping: Plant adaptability to stress discovered
Most people who get too hot and thirsty this summer can quickly grab a cool drink. Not so for plants. Their roots keep them lingering in stressful situations - sometimes to death. Now a Texas A&M University researcher has identified a system in a mutant arabidopsis, a type of weed, that signals to its cells to go on hold until stressful situations pass. (2003-07-30)

The quiet loss of knowledge threatens indigenous communities
Most of the knowledge that indigenous communities in South America have about plants is not written down. Now, ecologists at the University of Zurich have analyzed comprehensive information about the services provided by palm trees from multiple regions and made it accessible via a network approach. What they also discovered in the process was that the simultaneous loss of biodiversity and knowledge represents a key threat to the survival of indigenous peoples. (2019-05-02)

Thale cress goes on the defensive
Thale cress has a complicated defence technique against insects and microorganisms that use the plant as a source of food. The plant hormone jasmonic acid plays a major role during the immune response against insects and pathogens. Dutch researcher Vivian van Oosten has demonstrated that this does not necessarily lead to the control of the same genes during the various interactions. (2007-05-14)

Tobacco plant refuses cowpea mosaic virus
During research carried out in the Netherlands, Marilia Santos Silva discovered that some tobacco plants die if a virus infects them, whereas others survive. (2004-05-07)

Study sheds new light on vein formation in plants
An international team of researchers including the University of Adelaide, has found plant hormones known as strigolactones suppress the transportation of auxin, the main plant hormone involved in vein formation, so that vein formation occurs slower and with greater focus. (2020-08-05)

Springer editor receives Butler Award
Professor Mike Cooke was presented with the Butler Award on March 25, 2009, at the Spring Scientific Meeting of the Society of Irish Plant Pathologists held at the State Department of Agriculture and Food, Backweston Campus, Ireland. The award is presented by the Society to an individual who is actively involved in and has made a substantial contribution to plant pathology in an Irish context. (2009-04-20)

New tool helps model forest traits and evolution
Researchers have developed plant, a software framework, to investigate how plant species differing in traits may be able to coexist with one another. (2016-02-22)

Plant pathologists from around the world to discuss national agricultural security initiatives
Plans to protect the nation's crops from both intentional and non-intentional plant pathogen introductions and recent technological advances in plant health science will be the focus of the plenary session at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) in Charlotte, NC, August 9-13, 2003. (2003-07-30)

ISU researcher identifies genetic pathway responsible for much of plant growth
Iowa State University researchers have discovered a previously unknown pathway in plant cells that regulates plant growth. (2009-05-20)

Plant pathologists express need for plant pathology-related microbial culture resources
Microbial culture collections have played a crucial part in accelerating the progress of research in the biological sciences, but a collection dedicated to plant pathogens is still needed say plant pathologists with the American Phytopathological Society (APS). (2003-12-05)

Plant pathologists explore using fungi to control plant diseases
The use of endophytes, non-harmful fungi, bacteria, or viruses that naturally grow inside plants, is an emerging tool for managing plant diseases, say plant pathologists with The American Phytopathological Society (APS). (2005-06-08)

Stressed plants must have iron under control
When land plants' nutrient availability dwindles, they have to respond to this stress. Plant researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) have used available data to examine which genes plants activate in the event of stress and what these mean. They published their findings in the journal iScience. (2019-08-15)

Smart application of surfactants gives sustainable agriculture
Anton Fagerström at Malmö University, Sweden, has investigated the interaction between the plant's barrier, plant protection products and adjuvants that are added to increase the effect of the plant protection product. The results of can be applied to minimize the use of plant protection products in agriculture. (2014-06-05)

'Seed Wars: Controversies and Cases on Plant Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property'
Book examines intellectual property rights issues related to plant genetic resources. (2008-08-11)

MU plant genome research receives $3 million boost from National Science Foundation
The University of Missouri recently received a boost to its plant genetics research with the receipt of three new Plant Genome Research Program awards from the National Science Foundation. (2010-11-29)

New building block in plant wall construction
University of Adelaide researchers as part of a multidisciplinary, international team, have uncovered a new biochemical mechanism fundamental to plant life. The research, published in The Plant Journal details the discovery of the enzymatic reaction involving carbohydrates present in plant cell walls, which are essential for their structure. (2020-08-18)

New complex carbohydrate discovered in barley
University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a new complex carbohydrate in barley. The first of its kind to be discovered in over 30 years, the cereal polysaccharide has potential applications in food, medicine and cosmetics. (2019-01-07)

ASPB's Teaching Tools in Plant Biology receives Gold Award
The American Society of Plant Biologists and The Plant Cell are celebrating a Gold Award in the Association TRENDS 2010 All-Media Contest for Teaching Tools in Plant Biology, which received top honors in the educational program category. (2011-01-11)

Improving plants' abilities to cope with saline conditions
A method for increasing plants' tolerance to salt stress and thus preventing stunted growth and even plant death has been developed by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The method has significant consequences for dealing with soil salinization, which is an acute problem for a wide range of crops in different regions of the world, including Israel. (2007-06-13)

Why do insects like to eat some plants more than others?
Plant-insect ecologists typically attribute the differences to variation in the nutritional quality or defective chemistry of plant tissues. However, the researchers found that cactus-feeding insects chose host plants based on how the plants allocated resources between growth and reproduction. (2006-11-13)

'Neighbor-plants' determine insects' feeding choices
Insects are choosier than you might think: whether or not they end up feeding on a particular plant depends on much more than just the species to which that plant belongs. The quality of the individual plant is an important factor as well. As is the variety of other plants growing around it. But what, ultimately, makes an insect choose one plant over another? (2014-02-14)

Viruses prefer cultivated areas to natural areas
Cultivated areas are more affected by viral epidemics than non-cultivated areas. This is the finding of an international study carried out as part of a France-South Africa collaboration in floristic areas from the Western Cape and Camargue regions. These results were published in January 2018 in The ISME Journal, a journal of microbial ecology. (2018-01-30)

New MPMI focus issue seeks to improve management of virus-induced disease in crops
The January focus issue of the Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions journal includes four reviews and several research articles covering a variety of current topics examining the cell biology of virus-plant and virus-vector interactions, including cellular RNA hubs, plasmodesmal functioning, tripartite interactions, mechanisms of host defense suppression, and biotechnological approaches to induce host resistance. (2020-01-08)

Genes for drought-tolerance, aflatoxin may mingle to boost corn production
Scientists plan to put two and two together in a study that will likely yield improved US corn quality and yields. Two traits that impact corn -- drought tolerance and aflatoxin resistance -- will be examined by two researchers hoping to use basic scientific discoveries to improve products at the farm level. Basic science has already identified the drought- and aflatoxin-related genes at Texas AgriLife Research. This study will attempt to apply them for field crops. (2010-01-04)

Quadrennial joint annual meetings of American Society of Plant Biologists and Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists in Providence July 21-25 will present latest advances in plant science
Nearly 1,300 scientists will attend the Quadrennial Joint Annual Meetings of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists July 21 to 25, 2001 in the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Abstracts and other annual meeting information can be found at (2001-07-18)

Plant pathologists call for more data to support pre-harvest food safety interventions
In meetings with USDA, FDA, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last week, key leaders from The American Phytopathological Society Public Policy Board addressed concerns related to human pathogens on plants and noted that significantly more research is needed to ensure national food safety. (2009-03-24)

Environment change threatens indigenous know-how
Traditional medicine provides health care for more than half the world's population, but no one has really looked at how the environment affects traditional medicine. Studying 12 ethnic groups from Nepal we found that plant availability in the local environment has a stronger influence on the make-up of a culture's medicinal floras. This means that the environment plays a huge role in shaping traditional knowledge. This is very important, especially when you think of the risks that these cultures are already facing. (2014-02-12)

Root behavior changes as woody trees age
Comparing nighttime and daytime root extension in several species of Serianthes leads to interesting results. (2017-08-23)

Pam Henderson receives plant pathology journalism award
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) named Pam Henderson, crops and issues editor, Farm Journal Media, the recipient of the society's first Plant Pathology Journalism Award. (2006-08-21)

American Society of Plant Biologists is new name for former American Society of Plant Physiologists
The American Society of Plant Physiologists (ASPP), founded in 1924, is entering the new millennium with a new name: the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). The name change was approved through a vote of the Society's membership by a ratio of more than 2 to 1. (2001-09-05)

Scientists root for more cassava research to help meet greater demand for food
Global food demand is expected to grow by 110 percent over the next 30 to 35 years, and for many of the poorest people on the planet, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, cassava is the most important source of calories. Cassava is also important as a crop that is resistant to climate change, but it has not received the same amount of attention as other staple food crops. (2016-10-25)

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