J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2007, Vol. 49 ›› Issue (1): 3-3.

• Editorial •

Chen-Tao Lin and Hong Ma

• Published:2007-01-01

Abstract:

In May of 2006, over three hundred plant researchers attended the conference Frontiers of Plant Molecular Biology, 2006?in Changsha, China. This was the fifth time that the Frontiers of Plant Molecular Biology?conference had been held. Each time, plant biologists from China, the United States, and other countries have gathered and discussed the latest advances in plant molecular biology. During the conference this year, topics covered included light signaling, hormonal responses, plant pathogen interactions, and development. Among the meeting participants were also many graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and teachers from local institutions of higher education and plant research. This international meeting provided an excellent opportunity for young students to gain valuable exposure to the most recent developments in plant molecular biology. The meeting was co-organized and sponsored primarily by the Hunan University, Hunan Normal University, and Hunan Agricultural University. Although several hundred participants benefited directly from the conference in Changsha, many more researchers working in plant biology fields were unable to attend. To promote further scientific exchange with a larger number of readers, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB) extended an invitation to the speakers of the Changsha Conference to contribute to a special issue of JIPB. A total of seventeen speakers kindly accepted the invitation and contributed to this special issue. Their articles should give our readers a glimpse of the scientific progress discussed at the Changsha Conference. Most of the articles are short reviews discussing recent developments in various fields of plant biology: from plant-bacterium warfare to anther and pollen development, from regulation of ubiquitination to chromatin remodeling, and from the function of light receptors to the regulation of flowering time, as well as others. We would like to thank all of the authors of this special issue for their hard work and generous contribution. We hope that our readers find these articles as informative and stimulating as we did during the Changsha Conference. In particular, we hope that this special issue will benefit one of the most important groups of readers of this journal ?the undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in plant biology. Chentao Lin, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Hong Ma, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

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