If you can’t wait until next month to get your fix of all that’s best in plant news (yes, in the Annals’ Plant Cuttings column!), panic not, there’s a new source to satisfy your craving. Promoted by the American Society of Plant Biologists, it offers a new feature entitled ‘Plants in the News’. Its idea – and format – is unashamedly (but acknowledgedly) ‘borrowed’ from Andy Brunning’s ‘Compound Interest’ blog site (which is one of my favourite chemistry sites). Published weekly, it’s the ‘tweet’ you can eat between meals – i.e. before the main course arrives each month – and is designed to support teaching and outreach by highlighting a few current news stories that feature plants and plant science. But rather than follow the Plant Cuttings’ model, interested parties are invited to suggest items to be featured therein. ‘Plants in the News’ is curated by Professor Mary Williams* for Plantae.org.** Do check it out!
* Mary is the ‘phytological dynamo’ behind The Plant Cell’s ‘Teaching Tools in Plant Biology’ series, and is based at the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK)’s Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biophysics.
** Plantae.org is the new ‘one-stop shop’ where plant scientists and teachers could go to look for and share new ideas, tools and resources for research and education.