Biology articles
The Golden Goose Is Awarded
Salmonella Strain Spreads Alongside HIV
Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched
Creative Emulsification
Inflammation for Regeneration
Editor's choice in microbiology
Debate Over Stem Cell Effectiveness
Editor's choice in molecular biology
Telomeres Affect Gene Expression
Re-sensitizing Resistant Bacteria
Vitamin C Slays TB Bacteria
Plant scientists, innovators
The First Plant Interactome
Plant RNAs Found in Mammals
Opinion: Beyond the Model
Sweet and Sour Science
Plant RNA Paper Questioned
Flower Barcodes
Microbial Perfume
How Plants Feel
New Databases Harvest a Rich Bounty of Information on Crop Plant Metabolism
Carnegie Institution for Science Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
Genetically engineered trees could help restore devastated American chestnut
Evolution coup: study reveals how plants protect their genes
  Plant scientists, innovators
Today, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) named 15 plant biologists as HHMI-GBMF Investigators and tapped them to receive a chunk of the $75 million the two organizations are pumping into plant science research over the next 5 years. Chosen from a group of more than 200 applicants on the basis of their "potential for significant research productivity and originality," the selected scientists will receive an initial five-year HHMI appointment, with the possibility to be renewed, and funding to support their research on wheat, maize, tomato, Arabidopsis, and other plants.

“These Investigators will acquire new knowledge about—and possibly find innovative solutions to—some of the most pressing challenges in plant sciences,” Vicki L. Chandler, Chief Program Officer for Science at GBMF, said in a press release. "GBMF and HHMI believe the research will generate high-impact discoveries with implications for a range of intertwined concerns facing society: food production, human health, protection of the environment, and identification of renewable energy resources."

One of the new Investigators had already caught the eye of The Scientist: Dominique Bergmann of Stanford University is this month's Scientist to Watch. Her research focuses on the molecular pathway of stomatal cell differentiation, as well as the physical mechanisms that drive asymmetric cell divisions during stomatal development, and she is developing the tools needed to do so. “She’s made some significant discoveries in plants,” her PhD advisor William Wood of the University of Colorado told The Scientist. “It’s been fun to watch her career progress.”

The new HHMI-GBMF investigators will begin their appointments this September. Find a complete list of the selected 15 and learn more about their research on the HHMI website.
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Plant organ development breakthrough
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Researchers close in on engineering recognizable, drug-free Cannabis plant
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Cucumber Genome Published
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Antagonistic Genes Control Rice Growth
Making New Enzymes to Engineer Plants for Biofuel Production
Green Plant Transport Mystery Solved
Gene Discovery To Increase Biomass Needed For Green Fuel
Are genes our destiny?
New African cassava resists devastating viruses
Species richness and genetic diversity do not go hand in hand in alpine plants
Scientists discover how cancer may take hold
Green algae—the nexus of plant/animal ancestry
New Twist on Life’s Power Source
Controlling a sea of information
Plant Steroids Offer New Paradigm for How Hormones Work
Future of biology rests in harnessing data avalanche
Carnegie’s Arthur Grossman Receives Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal
Plant Scientists Participate in DOE Energy Frontier Research Center
Advance in understanding cellulose synthesis
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