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March 2011


A plant's eye view: Researchers study the effects of shade avoidance in crops

Read the full article: ‘A novel high throughput in vivo molecular screen for shade avoidance mutants identifies a novel phyA mutation’. Xuewen Wang, Irma Roig-Villanova, Safina Khan, Hugh Shanahan, Peter H Quail, Jaime F Martinez-Garcia, and Paul F Devlin.

Journal of Experimental Botany first published online March 11, 2011 doi:10.1093/jxb/err062

July 2010


The winner of the FESPB 2010 award lecture sponsored by the Journal of Experimental Botany was Ricardo Aroca. Ricardo completed his PhD at the University of Navarra (Spain) in 2001, after which he worked as a post-doc at the University of San Diego, California, and then at the Estación Experimental del Zaidín (CSIC, Granada, Spain) where he is now a member of staff. His research focuses on the role of AM fungi and Plant-Growth-Promoting-Rhizobacteria in modifying the water relations of plants subjected to osmotic stresses and, in particular, how abscisic acid could modulate these responses.


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The following JXB articles have attracted press coverage. Click on the links to read the articles and respective press releases.

March 2010


The review article African legumes: a vital but under-utilized resource by Janet I. Sprent, David W. Odee and Felix D. Dakora, has been featured in PlanetEarth online (Environmental Research News)
November 2009, Journal of Experimental Botany,doi:10.1093/jxb/erp342

September 2009


The Flowering Newsletter Review article Evolution of petal identity by Vivian F. Irish has been featured in Discover Magazine and in the New York Times science article Where Did All the Flowers Come From?

VF Irish. Evolution of petal identity. J. Exp. Bot. 2009 60(9):2517-2527; doi:10.1093/jxb/erp159


A first step towards engineering a drug-free Cannabis plant for hemp fiber and oil

MD Marks, L Tian, JP Wenger, SN Omburo, W Soto-Fuentes, J He, DR Gang, GD Weiblen, and RA Dixon Identification of candidate genes affecting 9-tetrahydrocannabinol biosynthesis in Cannabis sativa J. Exp. Bot. 2009 60: 3715-3726; doi:10.1093/jxb/erp210

April 2009


Journal of Experimental Botany named one of the top 100 most influential journals in Biology and Medicine over the last 100 years (see full article at DBIO 100)

March 2008


Hairy Vetch Mulch Activates Genes for Phytonutrients in Tomatoes

A Neelam, T Cassol, RA Mehta, AA Abdul-Baki, AP Sobolev, RK Goyal, JAbbott, AL Segre, AK Handa, and AK Mattoo. A field-grown transgenic tomato line expressing higher levels of polyamines reveals legume cover crop mulch-specific perturbations in fruit phenotype at the levels of metabolite profiles, gene expression, and agronomic characteristics J. Exp. Bot., June 2008; 59: 2337-2346.