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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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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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Building a vision for the future – a roadmap for UK plant science
12 July 2016

Development of a roadmap for the future of UK plant sciences is vitally important, and intensive activity by the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) is now carrying this forward. It will have wide resonance internationally, reflecting UK scientific excellence and the need to address urgent global challenges. Here, Allessandro Allegra from the Royal Society of Biology and Dr Rick Mumford from Fera Science Ltd (and chair of the UKPSF) set out the background and important progress being made in 2016.

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Conservation physiology today and tomorrow
07 April 2016

Looking to the future, there are a number of topical areas for which I would like to see more contributions. For example, invertebrates and plants remain poorly represented within the journal. In addition, there is an unfortunate lack of papers that discuss the success and failures of conservation physiology in terms of influencing policy or management. Of particular interest would be perspective articles that serve as case studies on different issues and what we could appropriately label as ‘Conservation Physiology in Action’, ideally written by policy makers and practitioners.