Month: November 2016

Journal Highlights

In This Issue – 50.4 President’s Report 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Young Scientist Award Call for 2017 Nominations Student Awards Plant Biotechnology Student Oral Presentation Competition Editor’s Corner Membership Matters Member News Journal Highlights Low Agrobacterium tumefaciens inoculum levels and a long co-culture period lead to reduced plant defense responses and increase transgenic shoot production of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) It is our honor to have our article be selected as a journal highlight. This research describes the outcome of an exciting but accidental discovery, which took 2 years to validate and resulted in this article as well as a patent application.     In most cases, for successful recovery of transgenic plants using Agrobacterium, plant tissues are co-cultured with bacteria for 2-3 days, when the bacteria interact with the plant cells to infect, bind and then transfer their T-DNA. If the time that the bacteria interact with the plant tissue could be extended, transformation efficiencies could potentially be increased. With extended co-culture periods, bacterial overgrowth will normally occur, resulting in death of the target plant tissue. To prevent overgrowth of the bacteria during an extended co-culture period, we evaluated the use of very low inoculum levels of bacteria, which has never before been attempted. In addition to providing an increased opportunity for the bacteria to transform plant cells during a 2 week...

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Editor’s Corner

In This Issue – 50.4 President’s Report 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Young Scientist Award Call for 2017 Nominations Student Awards Plant Biotechnology Student Oral Presentation Competition Editor’s Corner Membership Matters Member News Journal Highlights How to Avoid Charges of Plagiarism Often I send authors letters that begin “…I am recommending that your submission should not be considered for publication in IVCDB-Plant.  The journal has started using originality checking software and your submission seems to contain large passages that are very similar to already published papers, some of which were not referenced…”  This is a polite way of saying the authors have compromised the integrity of their manuscript by plagiarizing works of others.  Of the manuscripts received by SIVB for IVCDB-Plant in 2015 and 2016 between 33% and 45% were rejected for plagiarism. The Oxford English dictionary defines plagiarism as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.”  More forcefully, as quoted by Juyal et al. (2015), “…the Office of Research Integrity USA defines plagiarism as being ‘theft or misappropriation of intellectual property and the substantial unattributed textual copying of another’s work’…” Plagiarism comes in two broad flavors, one being the inappropriate use of others’ work and the second being the inappropriate use of one’s own work, often referred to as self-plagiarism (iThenticate, 2011).  Both flavors...

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Call for Nominations

In This Issue – 50.4 President’s Report 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Young Scientist Award Call for 2017 Nominations Student Awards Plant Biotechnology Student Oral Presentation Competition Editor’s Corner Membership Matters Member News Journal Highlights Dear Colleagues, Please help the Society to recognize and celebrate scientific achievements of our members at all career stages. There are a number of opportunities for members to receive awards in 2017. Below is a list of the awards available. Please take a moment to review the criteria and nomination processes including the simple and convenient form to complete for your nomination. Details can be found at sivb.org/awards.html. Nominations are due February 1, 2017 so let us know if you know any eligible candidates! Lifetime Achievement The Society for In Vitro Biology established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 to recognize outstanding late-career scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and/or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro biology. Distinguished Scientist  The Society for In Vitro Biology established the Distinguished Scientist Award in 2014 to recognize outstanding mid-career scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and/or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro biology. Young Scientist The Society for In Vitro Biology established the Young Scientist Award in 2009...

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Plant Biotechnology Student Oral Presentation Competition Winners

In This Issue – 50.4 President’s Report 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Young Scientist Award Call for 2017 Nominations Student Awards Plant Biotechnology Student Oral Presentation Competition Editor’s Corner Membership Matters Member News Journal Highlights On Monday, June 13, SIVB held an oral presentation competition for Plant Biotechnology Students. After their presentation, the students answered questions from the audience and the judges. The judges, Michael Kane, Randall Niedz and Nancy Reichert, chose 3 finalists and ranked, Kerri Neugebauer from Kansas State University for 1st prize, Quang T. Nguyen from The University of Queensland for 2nd prize and Megan Philpott from Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens-CREW for 3rd price. Plaques and cash awards were presented at the Plant Section Business Meeting. We encourage all qualified students to enter their research for the 2016 Plant Biotechnology oral presentation competition. Submitted by the Business Office First Place Susceptibility and Race Specific Wheat Genes Induced by Six Puccinia triticina Races Puccinia triticina, the casual agent of wheat leaf rust, is a devastating disease that can cause up to 40% yield loss. During fungal infection the host plant recognizes proteins, secreted effectors, and other molecules, which trigger a host defense response. Changes in the pathogen effectors and strong varietal selection pressure are responsible for the rapid development of new rust races. This study aims to understand how leaf rust races utilize...

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Student Award Winners

In This Issue – 50.4 President’s Report 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting Update Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Young Scientist Award Call for 2017 Nominations Student Awards Plant Biotechnology Student Oral Presentation Competition Editor’s Corner Membership Matters Member News Journal Highlights The following student awards were presented at the 2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biology in San Diego, California. Information on additional awardees at the 2016 World Congress will be presented in the next issue of the In Vitro Report. Information related to the available specific student awards can be found on the SIVB website (www.sivb.org) or by contacting the SIVB Business Office at  sivb@sivb.org. 2016 HONOR B. FELL AWARD AND 2016 STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD Bioavailability of the Antimalarial Drug Artemisinin Delivered Orally as Dried Leaves of Artemisia annua: the Role of Solubility and Protein Malaria treatment using orally consumed dried leaves of the artemisinin producing plant Artemisia annua has recently shown promise. Previously we showed, oral consumption ofA. annua dried leaves (DLA) yielded >40 times more artemisinin in the blood of mice than treatment with pure artemisinin. Using the Caco-2 cell culture model of the human intestinal epithelium, we also showed that compared to pure artemisinin, digested DLA doubled the permeability (Papp). Here, using simulated human digestion, we show that artemisinin solubility is about seven times higher in digestates of DLA than in digestates of pure artemisinin, likely contributing to its enhanced...

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