Plant Methods is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal for the plant research community that encompasses all aspects of technological innovation in the plant sciences.
- Brian G Forde, Lancaster University
The CRISPR/Cas system is an exciting new technology that provides a simplified and effective way to achieve the targeted editing of complex genomes. The first reports of its application to plants have only appeared in the past two months. In their review of a rapidly moving field the authors summarize and discuss the current status of CRISPR/Cas technology in plant research.
In recent years there has been a profusion of new image analysis software for plant phenotyping. Choosing the most appropriate can be a daunting task for the unitiated, so the authors have assembled an on-line database that presents over 90 programs in a uniform and concise manner that guides users towards identifying the best available solutions for their experimental needs. The website also provides a forum for user feedback and for software developers to exchange information.
Next Generation Sequencing has finally made complex genomes, like those of the Triticeae (wheat, barley, rye), accessible to detailed analysis. However, their complexity makes the assembly and analysis of the sequences extremely challenging. This invited review for our NGS Thematic Series describes the new strategies that have been developed to meet this challenge - many of which are also applicable to complex non-plant genomes.
Brian G. Forde is currently Professor of Environmental Plant Biotechnology at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, in the UK.
“Technological innovation is probably the most important catalyst for progress in any scientific discipline. When we launched Plant Methods in 2005 our aim was to provide a high-profile, Open Access platform to stimulate the development and dissemination of new and improved techniques and research tools in plant biology. Just seven years later we have published over 200 papers describing new techniques or resources of value to the plant science community and our Thomson Reuters Impact Factor of 2.83 puts us amongst the top 20% of plant journals”
Brian G. Forde
Hydroponics: a step-by-step guide for plant researchers
Plant Methods 2013, 9:4
High throughput quantitative phenotyping of plant resistance using chlorophyll fluorescence image analysis
Plant Methods 2013, 9:17
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