Latest news from SEB

Here is the latest news.

To branch or not to branch? Shade, ABA and auxin
28 March 2017

Should a plant branch or not? It’s a critically important question for survival, and intricate signalling would be expected to underpin the ‘decision’. A recent Journal of Experimental Botany paper from Holalu and Finlayson focusing on the response in Arabidopsis to an increased red to far-red light ratio intriguingly puts the emphasis on abscisic acid (ABA) before stem auxin changes. This groundbreaking research is introduced in an accompanying Insight article in the same issue.

Caroline & Swati
SEB Represented at Voice of the Future 2017
27 March 2017

Two of SEB’s young members took part in this year’s ‘Voice of the Future’, held in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Organised by the Royal Society of Biology, this annual event provides an opportunity for early career members of learned societies, such as SEB, to pose their questions to top UK politicians and policy makers.

Plant Direct
Introducing Plant Direct
17 March 2017

As the editor-in-chief, I am excited to introduce Plant Direct (, a new journal from Wiley and the societies behind Plant Physiology, The Plant Journal, and The Plant Cell. Although there is a crowded landscape of journals to choose from, we believe that Plant Direct fills an unserved role for the plant community. We seek to be the sound science plant journal for the community of ASPB members, Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) members, and the authors who publish in our society journals.

Researcher Futures
Researcher Futures: Weathering the storms of career change
12 March 2017

‘Your career is your responsibility, but there is a lot of support available to you’, declared plenary speaker Liz Elvidge, as she kicked off the day with a run-through of her own career path. A former postdoc herself, Liz is head of the Postdoc Development Centre at Imperial College, London and also chairs the BBSRC postdoctoral researchers sub-group committee.