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Published on: February 21, 2014

It’s quietened down in the GARNet office this week and we’ve been catching up on things and preparing for the busy conference season. I’m looking forward to learning how to code with the delegates at our Software Carpentry workshop, and we’re going to Monogram and PlantSci 2014 at Easter too.

We’ve added a new Imaging Resources and Services page to our website. It lists five UK imaging facilities and two suggested resources for new users or students to find out more about biological imaging. The facilities provide a number of services including electron microscopy, in vivo single molecule fluorescence imaging and two-photon microscopy. There are also. Several of the listed facilities have recieved ALERT13 funding for new state-of-the-art equipment which will be available to users through a number of routes.

Nicola Patron, one of the Co-Is on the recently funded OpenPlant Multidisciplinary Synthetic Biology Research Centre, has published a Golden Gate Modular Cloning Toolbox for Plants with Sylvestre Marillonnet, who presented the Golden Gate method at last year’s GARNet conference on plant synthetic biology. The paper (Engler et al., ACS SynBio DOI:10.1021/sb4001504) is free to access, although annoyingly there are hoops to jump through, and the toolbox will be available through Addgene shortly. (edit 14/5/2014: the paper is not free to access)

If you’re a keen writer or interested in science communication, check out this database of science writing competitions. It’s not for plant scientists but it has very useful categories that make it clear whether your country of residence, career, career stage or field of expertise would prevent you entering.

Finally, if you’re a young plant scientist planning on attending PlantSci 2014, don’t forget to submit your abstract to have a chance of being selected to speak – cash prizes are available for the best talks.

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