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Botany One is a weblog produced by The Annals of Botany Company. The aim of the weblog is to alert plant scientists around the world to interesting and topical news about plants drawn from a wide variety of sources that include Annals of Botany, AoB PLANTS and in silico Plants. This wider support of Botany is the company’s way of fulfilling its mission as a non-profit organization of promoting increased understanding of plant biology, as it has for over 100 years.

The Annals of Botany Company is a Limited Company registered in England No. 78001 at:
1 Emperor Way, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, EX1 3QS, UK, and is also a Registered Charity, No. 237771


Lorena Villanueva Almanza

Lorena Villaneuva Almanza

Lorena is a Mexican plant biologist passionate about plants and writing. As Academic Editor of Botany One, Lorena will work with botanists, plant scientists and journalists to write stories that can help people notice and appreciate plants.
Email: lorena@botany.one

Alun Salt

Alun Salt

Alun is Not A Botanist. He was an ancient historian / archaeologist studying ancient science for a PhD, when he started working with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at Leicester. This eventually led to him helping teach mathematics to biologists, which brought him to the attention of the botanists. He handles the mechanics of the site, so if you see an error it’s best to contact him.
Email: webmaster@botany.one


Nigel Chaffey

Nigel is a botanist and was a full-time academic at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK) until 31st July, 2019. As News Editor for the Annals of Botany he contributed the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that august international botanical organ (until March 2019). He remains a botanist and is now a freelance plant science communicator who continues to share his Cuttingsesque items with a plant-curious audience. In that guise his main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way…) about plants and plant-people interactions.

Liam Elliott

Liam Elliott

Liam Elliott has never been good enough at Latin to be able to claim to be a botanist, but can legitimately claim to be a researcher in Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. He did his undergraduate degree at Cambridge before moving to Oxford to do his PhD, focussing on control of membrane trafficking in plant cells (in a nutshell, how what gets where in a plant cell). His main interests are in how membrane trafficking contributes to growth and division of plant cells but he is broadly excited by most aspects of plant cell and molecular biology, which he will likely be talking about on Botany One.

Juniper Kiss

Juniper Kiss

Juniper Kiss (@GOESbyJuniper) is currently an MPhil student at the University of Exeter, focusing on controlling Fusarium wilt of bananas with biocontrols in Latin America. As a marine biology turned plant biology undergraduate, she published student articles in GOES magazine and has been big fan of social media, ecology, botany and fungi. Along blogging and posting, Juniper loves to travel to developing countries and working with farmers.

Anne Osterrieder

Anne Osterrieder
Anne Osterrieder

Anne Osterrieder (@anneosterrieder on Twitter) works as a public engagement coordinator at the University of Oxford, UK. A plant cell biologist by training, she loves the Golgi apparatus, lasers and cats. She has her own blog at Plant Cell Biology.

William Salter

William (Tam) Salter is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Sydney Institute of Agriculture at the University of Sydney. He has a bachelor degree in Ecological Science (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in plant ecophysiology from the University of Sydney. Tam is interested in the identification and elucidation of plant traits that could be useful for ecosystem resilience and future food security under global environmental change. He also has an active interest in effective scientific communication.

Rachel Shekar

Rachel Shekar

Rachel has served as lead manager of both Global Change Biology and GCB Bioenergy for over ten years and has been instrumental in the success of both journals. Rachel has overseen the development of GCBB as a fully open access online journal and the social media that has been a major part of promotion of both journals. Rachel has also served as coordinator of the Crops in silico project and organization.

Laura Skates

Laura Skates

Laura Skates is a botanist and science communicator from Western Australia. Her research focuses on the unusual nutritional ecology of carnivorous plants in their natural habitats, and her passions include conservation, botanical art, floral fashion, and literally anything else plant-related. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @floraskates

Ian Street

Ian Street
Ian Street

Ian Street (@IHStreet on Twitter) is a plant scientist, science writer who blogs at The Quiet Branches. He is also a cohost of The Recovering Academic Podcast, and an Associate Editor at The POSTDOCket, the newsletter of the National Postdoc Association, and most recently, a Virtual Lab Manager at HappiLabs.
Email: resources@botany.one

Erin Zimmerman

Erin Zimmerman

Erin Zimmerman is a botanist turned science writer and sometimes botanical illustrator. She did her PhD at the University of Montréal and worked as a post-doctoral fellow with the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture. She was a plant morphologist, but when no one wanted to pay her to do that anymore, she started writing about them instead. Her other plant articles (and occasional essays) appear in Smithsonian Magazine, Undark, New York Magazine, Narratively, and elsewhere. Read her stuff here at www.DrErinZimmerman.com.
Erin can also be found talking about plants and being snarky on Twitter @DoctorZedd.

Algorithmic Authors

Alex Assiry

Alex Assiry is an editorial assistant in the Annals of Botany Office. When not working, Alex listens for the opportunity to help. He’s used to be an assistant in the Annals of Botany Office, but now he’s almost certainly a pen-name Alun Salt uses when the text comes from the authors via editing from the Annals of Botany office.

Fi Gennu

Fig enw is Welsh for ‘pen-name’. It’s a name Alun Salt uses when working on Annals of Botany posts with the Hemingway text editor. It provides an easy way to tag posts that went through this process.

Dale Maylea

Dale Maylea was originally a pen-name used for re-vamping press releases with extra links. Now it’s a name used by Alun Salt when he’s read a paper that he thinks Botany One should cover. It gets used when Alun hasn’t had time to contact the authors directly, or he has but the authors haven’t responded. The authors write… quotes are almost certainly from the text of the paper.


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For Journalists and Bloggers

The Annals of Botany Company puts out press releases on stories that we think will have wide interest. If you’d like a copy of the paper that the press release is about then we will be happy to provide it. You can contact us via our email form at the OUP.

As far as we’re concerned a science journalist is anyone who is writing competently about science that goes beyond rehashing press releases. So this offer extends to bloggers as well as professional journalists. Ideally we would like you to be signed up to Research Blogging, but it’s not essential. If you’re a blogger and happy to stick to the embargoes then we can also send you embargoed press-releases and photos.

We’re also happy to send you a paper if you think you’d like to blog about it. but can’t access it. If you want to cover a paper, let us know and we will try and make that paper available on the web for free. We’re limited to how many papers we can do this with because much of the journal is funded by subscription, but we do have some leeway for promotion.