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Follow the Leader?
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Many, like me, assumed some of the ‘mature’ men to be leaders when, in fact, they were students. But then, as Susan pointed out, didn’t they qualify as leaders, since they had come up with the ideas which had led to their team winning the competition? Weren’t some of the women students pictured also leaders – they had led the communication of the project. Susan’s point was clear – we all make assumptions about leaders and leadership.

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Young Scientist Award 2015
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Young Scientists Award Session (YSAS): Zigmunds Orlovskis (John Innes Centre, UK) for the Plant Section and Dominique Roche (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) for the Animal Section.

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Passerine Pit Stops
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Are we there yet?! Migrating birds flying along northeastern USA take breaks to rest and refuel at stopover sites. To satisfy their omnivorous diet, stopping at stopover sites with abundant fruit-bearing plants is best. But with an ever-growing human presence, the abundance and diversity of plants at stopover sites is shifting.

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Pheno-Menon
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

The Opinon Paper by Grobinsky et al, published in a recent special on plant phenotyping, provides a state of the art overview of technologies for non-invasive phenotyping and the issues of managing and exploiting the large data sets generated from these analyses. Importantly, this paper also highlights the need for the development of new approaches to allow for physiological phenotyping at a tissue and cellular level to enable a phenomics approach.