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Plant Biotechnology Journal added to DOAJ
14 December 2016

The Plant Biotechnology Journal has been included in the (DOAJ) Directory of Open Access Journals.

Travels with my grant
12 December 2016

I used funds from my travel grant to go to Brown University, Rhode Island in order to collect data to determine whether turtles can move their pelvis inside the shell while they walk and swim. We did this using an emerging technology called X-Ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM) that coordinates CT scans of the skeleton with 3D X-ray video to allow precise measurements of the movements of internal structures in animals.

Sound the alarm! Roots and systemic plant defence
05 December 2016

When we’re threatened we tend to alert everyone around us, and it’s the same at the cellular level. The recent Journal of Experimental Botany paper from Agut et al. takes the specific case of two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) attack on citrus, and in so doing brings new insights to the idea of a ‘shoot–root–shoot’ (SRS) loop in defending a multitude of plants against a similarly large variety of pests and pathogens. See also the separate Insight article from Simon Groen for an independent perspective on this vitally important area of research.