Month: June 2004

News from the International Association for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology

Dues reminder: if you have not paid your IAPTC&B dues for 2004, they are late. If you would like to continue receiving the journal In Vitro – Plant, please make sure that your dues are paid. Mark you calendars for 2006! The next IAPTC&B Congress, “Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond”, will be held in Beijing, China from August 13-18, 2006. The International Association of Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology (IAPTC&B) is organizing a Plant Micropropagation meeting on May 4-5 in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference is “Micropropagation – Technology and Production.” The first day of...

Read More

Points to Ponder

Are science-based facts alone enough to win the battle of public perception and reception of GEOs? On March 2, 2004 voters in Mendocino County California passed proposition H, making it unlawful to grow genetically modified organisms within the county, in an effort to “…protect the county’s agriculture, environment, economy and private property from genetic pollution…”. My first reaction was to associate proposition H with a popular hemorrhoid remedy, but there is nothing to soothe irritation in proposition H. Quite the contrary, proposition H is based on illiterate nonsense, which clearly eluded not only the 15,746 voters who supported it, but apparently, also nearly every reporter who spread the story. In particular, I refer to Section 3 of the proposition, which states: “Definitions (b) DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid means a complex protein that is present in every cell of an organism and is the ‘blueprint’ for the organism’s development.” I would expect even a 7th grader to be able to debunk the glaring mistakes in this definition. But before I get sidetracked let me add further details about proposition H and Mendocino County. After all, I would not find the proposition H any more appealing, if it had been written factually correct. The proposition was spearheaded by Els Cooperrider who is variously described in the media as owner of an organic brewery, retired medical research scientist (20 years), botanist, landscape...

Read More

Branch News

Report from the Northeast Branch of the SIVB The branch society continues to co-sponsor, along with the Pace University Sigma-Xi chapter, lectures and presentations. This past year we co-sponsored the following: Oct. 1, 2003 Dr. Cyrus Bacchi, Director of the Haskins Research Lab, spoke about his work in the development of new drugs to treat African Sleeping Sickness. Nov. 5, 2004 Dr. Leo Fleischman, from Union College, gave a most interesting lecture entitled “Lizard Visual Ecology:They Really Can Communicate”. Feb. 4, 2004 Dr. James Simmons, from Brown University spoke about communication in bats. His lecture was titled: “Bats Are Neat:Echolocation”. March 24, 2004 Dr. Cynthia Port, Albany Medical College, Spoke on “Cell Chat & Cell Signals.” The society plans to continue to work with the Pace chapter of Sigma-Xi in the planning of events for next fall, including the co-sponsoring of our annual Bioethics Forum. We are also going to initiate a renewed effort to re-establish contact with old branch members and recruit new members. Carl W. Candiloro President, Northeast Possible Carolina’s Branch Discussed Discussion has begun about setting up a Carolinas branch of SIVB. Anyone interested in setting up a Carolinas branch of the SIVB contact Ray Shillito at ray.shillito@bayercropscience.com or...

Read More

Education News

The Education Committee will be hosting several events at the upcoming World Congress in San Francisco. Starting at 8:30 AM on Saturday, May 22, Jeffrey Janus will convene a full day workshop: Using Cell-based Model Systems in Assays and Basic Research: A Workshop in Practical Methods. The program will focus on human cells, and will provide a valuable opportunity to learn directly from experienced experts in the use of cell-based models. The workshop will feature the use of several types of model systems, including: fully differentiated cells, stem cells, and transformed cell lines. The full workshop program, as well as registration and fee information can be accessed at our web site: www.sivb.org. On Saturday afternoon from 1-5 PM, Carol Stiff and Judi Heitz will run a free workshop: Funding Fundamentals: How to Get the Grant You Want. Our panel of experts will include both agency representatives and seasoned grant writers who will give short presentations and then open the floor for discussion. Come and learn what the granting agencies are looking for, including: how to determine if your idea is fundable by a particular agency, the main reasons for rejection and how to avoid common pitfalls. Space is limited, and filling fast, so please preregister on line at www.sivb.net/meetings/. Prior to the Opening Reception on Saturday evening there will be a Special Poster Session, featuring the work of high...

Read More

Journal Highlights

Greenhouse Evaluation of Roundup Tolerant Creeping Bentgrass S. Fei and E. Nelson Creeping bentgrass is a very important turfgrass species used extensively on golf course greens, fairways and tees. One of the challenges of creeping bentgrass management is the control of grassy weeds, most of which respond to herbicides in a similar manner to that of creeping bentgrass. As part of a weed management program for golf courses, Roundup tolerant creeping bentgrass will be simple to employ and more effective in controlling problem weeds than currently available methods. The goal of this research was to evaluate fitness-related reproductive traits...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • President’s Report

    The first annual meeting as the new society president was both exciting and humbling. Even after decades in the society, I never appreciated the full ...
  • 2018 In Vitro Biology Meeting Summary

    The 2018 SIVB Conference was held from June 2nd to June 6th, 2018, in Saint Louis, Missouri, at the Hyatt at the Arch in downtown ...
  • CAST Gene Editing Paper Presented at 2018 SIVB Meeting

    CAST officially rolled out its much-anticipated Issue Paper #60–Genome Editing in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance–on July 9 in Washington, D.C. On June 4 in St. ...
  • 2018 Meeting Supporters

    2018 Meeting SupportersThe 2018 Planning Committee acknowledges the contributions and donations received from the following companies, organizations and individuals for their support of the 2018 In Vitro ...
  • 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

    The highest honor given by the Society for In Vitro Biology is the Lifetime Achievement Award. It is presented to scientists who are considered pioneers ...
  • 2018 SIVB Fellow Award

    The Society for In Vitro Biology established the Fellow Award to recognize outstanding professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro ...
  • 2018 SIVB Distinguished Scientist Award

    The Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes outstanding mid-career scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and/or in the development of ...
  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award

    Distinguished Service Awards have been chosen most years since 1993 by the President or Past President of the Society to members who have given extraordinary ...
  • 2018 Student Awards

    The following student awards were presented at the 2018  In Vitro Biology Meeting in Saint Louis, MO. Information on additional awardees at the 2018 Meeting ...
  • 2018 Plant Biotechnology Post Doctoral Oral Presentation Competition

    To support the Society’s vision to encourage education and scientific informational exchange and recognize outstanding post docs, the Plant Biotechnology Section held a Plant Biotechnology ...
Read more

The In Vitro Report accepts submissions from members or interested scientists. Submissions must include author’s name, address, phone, or other number where you can be reached. For additional information regarding submissions to In Vitro Report, contact Sylvia A. Mitchell or Michael J. Fay, Editors-in-Chief, by phone or email or contact the SIVB office.

Sylvia Mitchell

Michael Fay

In Vitro Report Archives

IVR Archives (legacy) IVR Archives