Plants & People

ASPB unveils another new teaching tool

Now you can learn about a century of research into flowering time.

Are you a university student interested in the latest discoveries in plant biology? Are you a professor looking for inspiring slides and tips for your lessons? Are you a plant scientist eager to learn recent advances in a different field of research?

If the answer is YES, you should check the collection of Teaching Tools in Plant Biology (TTPB) – educational resources based on up-to-date research and peer-reviewed by experts in the field. Lecture notes with extensive bibliography, 100 slide PowerPoint presentations and teaching guides are freely available here (tip: search for supplemental data file).

The first TTBP – with the exciting title “Why study plants” – was created in 2009 and to date it has been translated into 17 languages, from Catalan to Ukrainian. Since then, Dr. Mary Williams (Features editor of the American Society of Plant Biologists, with extensive teaching experience in plant science) has coordinated the production of more than 40 TTPB, spanning general topics related to plant biology (e.g., plant development and physiology) and introducing novel tools & techniques (e.g., Microscopy methods, advances in Bioinformatics).

Pink flowers burst from a twig in a way that could be mistaken for cherry blossom.
Flowering almond tree. Photo: Michela Osnato.

The latest TTPB release encompasses 100 years of research on the mechanisms that control the transition from the vegetative to the reproductive phase in flowering plants, from the discovery of the universal florigen (i.e., the mobile signal that triggers flower formation in angiosperms) to genetic variation at flowering time loci that underpins adaptation of crops to a changing environment and a changing climate. To know more visit Plantae.

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