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ASPB convenes leaders to chart future of plant science research
Date:9/20/2011

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Later this week, the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) will convene more than 75 scientists from across plant science to chart the future of the field. The Plant Science Research Summit is designed to engage the broad plant science research community in a process that will develop a consensus plan to invigorate and guide plant science research over the next decade.

The summit will bring together representatives of the full spectrum of plant science research, from basic to applied and from academia, government, and industry, to identify critical gaps in our understanding of plant biology that must be filled over the next 10 years or more in order to address the grand challenges facing our nation. Invited scientists will be joined by representatives of scientific societies, government agencies, private sponsors of research, growers' associations, and other stakeholders. Summit participantsand those engaging in the conversation on the summit website (http://www.aspb.org/plantsummit)will identify research priorities in plant science that can positively impact grand challenges in areas such as health, energy, food, and environmental sustainability. The consensus plan that will be developed will help the nation coordinate research objectives across different public and private funding agencies, sectors, and corporations.

The primary product of the Plant Science Research Summit will be a written report that will articulate a decadal plan for investments in plant science research, describing the contributions of plant science to addressing important scientific priorities and vital societal challenges. The report is expected to be completed in early 2012.

The summit is being organized by a volunteer steering committee of plant science leaders which is chaired by Gary Stacey, a professor of plant science at the University of Missouri and an expert on soybeans, hos
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Contact: Adam Fagen
afagen@aspb.org
301-296-0898
American Society of Plant Biologists
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