Report from UKPSF Working Groups

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Published on: January 12, 2016

In 2014 the UK Plant Science Federation (UKPSF) published a report on ‘Current Status and Future Challenges‘. This report included a recommendation to establish four ‘Working Groups’ that would investigate future directions for UK plant science under these broad areas:

– Training and Skills

– Funding

– Translation

– Regulation

At the end of 2015 the results of these working groups were published in PDF format on the UKPSF blog along with a brief analysis of their content by Dr Sandy Knapp from the Natural History Museum. As Sandy did a great job there is no need to repeat this analysis but GARNet has put together a brief single page PDF summary:


One real outcome from these working groups is the establishment of a consultatation period that will then produce a Roadmap for UK Plant Science for the next 25 years. This comprehensive document aims to be published by mid-2016 and the invitations to attend discussion groups in London and York will go out in the next few weeks. Hopefully this Roadmap will have as successful an impact as a similar project did which focussed on the UK capacity for Synthetic Biology. Fingers crossed!



UK Arabidopsis Research in 2015.

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Over the past few years, GARNet has kept track of papers (in the <a href="http://blog.garnetcommunity comparaison prix” target=”_blank”>ARR) that are published by UK researchers and feature Arabidopsis work of one sort or other.  When we look back over 2015 we documented 152 different papers featuring UK researchers, even though we probably miss one or two papers along the way.

When we look at the distribution of these papers it is unsurprising that Plant Physiology has the most papers given the size of each months edition. Other usually popular journals also feature toward the top: The Plant Cell, New Phytologist, Plant Journal and PLoS One. It is perhaps surprising that Journal of Experimental Botany (JXB) hasn’t had more Arabidopsis papers from UK researchers but this is likely due to the broader remit of that journal.

Overall approximately 70% of these papers are Open Access which seems to be good news for the communication of research from our Universities. Relatedly, in 2014 GARNet published a broader analysis of Publication Trends for Arabidopsis work that can be found here.

ARR_2015Note that only journals with two or more publications are included on this graph.

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