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C4 photosynthesis at 50 – from intrigue to Hall of Fame
26 July 2016

C4 photosynthesis allows improved photosynthesis in warm climates, and it’s now 50 years since Hatch and Slack first described the biochemistry. Two prestigious Darwin reviews in Journal of Experimental Botany, from Robert Furbank (Walking the C4 pathway) and Rowan Sage (A portrait of the C4 photosynthetic family), look at all things C4 in this anniversary year.

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SEB seeks Plant Section Chair
19 July 2016

SEB is seeking a new person to take on the role of Plant Section Chair when our current chair, Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, steps down at the end of November 2016.

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2050 thinking for plant science
12 July 2016

The basic research reported at conferences should always rekindle any lost passion for our subject, but the annual meetings of the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) go one step further – while still covering fundamental progress, they take a much wider view, including vision, strategy and education, all vitally important to a flourishing plant science sector beyond the lab.

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Inspiring the next generation of plant scientists
12 July 2016

The roadmap currently being developed for the future of UK plant sciences is about the science of 2030 and well beyond. It is also about the people – currently still at school – who will then be in positions of power, from taking the strategic decisions to doing the science or voting for the change-makers. Here, Harriet Truscott from the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme argues that the roadmap must capture the attention of a generation.