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New UK Plant Science Community website – www.plantsci.org.uk

These are exciting times for the Plant Science world. Finally, everyone who’s involved in Plant Science research can now find out what remarkable scientific breakthroughs have occurred, what the latest funding opportunities are and collaborate with other Scientists working in any area of Plant Science.

All this has been made possible through the launch of the new PlantSci website - a unique central resource for the entire UK Plant Science community. PlantSci was developed by GARNet - a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council-sponsored network set up to support Arabidopsis and the wider plant community. Plant Sci contains a plethora of resources relevant to those studying a wide variety of plant and crop species.

This new community site is set to become an invaluable tool in the way it supports hundreds of Plant Science Research Groups across the UK. The vision for UK Plant Science is to showcase the outstanding work that is being carried out across the UK and support Scientists with their day-to-day research. PlantSci does this by trawling the web for all the relevant Plant Science related information, so busy Scientists don’t have to.

Precious research hours are no doubt wasted when trying to find the latest funding opportunities, or Scientists miss the boat because they are too busy at the bench, writing papers or grants and teaching. PlantSci presents all the current opportunities (available as an RSS feed), recently awarded grants, information on funding bodies and highlights all the must-attend upcoming events.

The ‘Find a Scientist’ feature on PlantSci provides researchers with the opportunity to locate other Scientists around the UK and help promote collaboration. This is being well received by the community, who are registering their details every day on the growing directory of UK expertise in Plant and Crop Science. There is also the ability to tell the world about the excellent work occurring in any field of Plant Science.

Professor Jim Beynon, University of Warwick believes that "the need to work as part of a collaborative network has never been greater as we can no longer hope to have all expertise in a single organisation. As the community sign up to this resource it will be invaluable tool for building new teams based around complementary skills.”

PlantSci is a free and open resource for the whole community; it’s the perfect place for anyone who’s interested in the Plant Science world to learn more about this fascinating and flourishing space.
 

Editor’s Notes

1. UK Plant Science is a central resource for all those involved in Plant Science Research. It brings together a unique combination of expertise in model and crop biology, ecology and biodiversity. This is a space for collaboration, with the ability to share best practise and celebrate pioneering innovative breakthroughs.

2. This site is not just for Plant and Crop Researchers. PlantSci is interested in hearing from anyone that has any connection with the plant science world including breeders, growers, and those involved in industry.

3. GARNet is a BBSRC - a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council-sponsored network set up to support Arabidopsis and the wider plant community http://www.garnetcommunity.org.uk/

4. Professor Jim Beynon is a Professor at the University of Warwick and holds a joint appointment between Warwick Systems Biology, Coventry and the Department of Life Sciences, His current research is focused on host-pathogen interactions, for more details visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/people/jbeynon/

5. About BBSRC - The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research, providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and institutes.
The Babraham Institute, Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Food Research, John Innes Centre and Rothamsted Research are Institutes of BBSRC. The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research. For more information see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk.

6. Contacts: PlantSci Coordinator, Ruth Bastow 07825 159496, admin@plantsci.org.uk

 


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