Editors for Plant Biology

We aim to publish significant research in all areas of plant biology, from evolution and interaction with microbes to development and physiology, as well as epigenetics and genomics. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Christian S Hardtke

    Christian S Hardtke

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Christian Hardtke obtained a PhD in Developmental Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 1997 for his work on plant embryogenesis. He then moved to Yale University as an HFSP postdoctoral fellow to study photomorphogenesis, before joining McGill University as Assistant Professor in 2001. He was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Lausanne in 2004, where he became Full Professor and director of the Department of Plant Molecular Biology in 2010. His research revolves around the molecular genetic control of plant development, with a focus on quantitative aspects of plant growth and morphology. He is particularly interested in mechanisms of vascular tissue differentiation and their relation to root system architecture, as well as the intersection of these mechanisms with natural genetic variation.

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    plant development
    developmental cell biology
    natural variation
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
    Brachypodium
    Competing interests statement
    Christian Hardtke has received funding from the Human Frontier Science Program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, various EU research programs and the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is currently an editor of Plant and Cell Physiology and also serves on the editorial board of EMBO Reports.
  2. Meredith C Schuman

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Dr Schuman investigates the ecological functions of plant genes using the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata and its ecosystem as a model.

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    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    N. attenuata
    M. sexta
    G. pallens
    G. punctipes
    molecular chemical ecology
    plant-environment interactions
    plant defense
    intraspecific diversity and natural variation
    ecological functions of plant genes
  3. Detlef Weigel

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Detlef Weigel received his PhD in 1988 from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. After postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty of the Salk Institute in 1993. Since 2002, he has been director of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. His current research interests focus on natural genetic variation and evolutionary genomics of plants. Examples of recent important projects are the 1001 Genomes project for Arabidopsis thaliana, and the systematic dissection of deleterious epistasis between Arabidopsis strains due to autoimmunity. Among the awards he has received are the Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Otto Bayer Award. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Royal Society.

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    natural variation
    epigenetics
    evolutionary genomics
    plant biology
    genomics
    evolutionary biology
    immunity
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
    Competing interests statement
    Detlef Weigel has received funding from the Max Planck Society, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Foundation of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the German Ministry for Education and Research, the European Commission, the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization, and several US Federal agencies. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology and Genome Biology. He is Chair of EMBO Council, and is serving or has recently served on the Advisory Boards of the Epigenomics of Plants International Consortium, Bayer Crop Science, The Arabidopsis Information Resource, Flanders Institute of Biotechnology, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, and the Sainsbury Laboratory. He is a co-founder of Computomics and CeMet.

Reviewing editors

  1. Richard Amasino

    University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    plant development and epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
    B. distachyon
  2. Rebecca Bart

    The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, United States

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    host-pathogen-environment interactions
    non-model organisms
    cassava
    Xanthomonas
    genetics
    genomics
  3. Dominique Bergmann

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    asymmetric division
    cell fate
    stomata
    cell polarity
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
    Brachypodium
  4. Marcel Dicke

    Wageningen University, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    chemical ecology
    behavioral ecology
    molecular ecology
    multitrophic interactions
    Experimental organism
    B. nigra
    C. glomerata
    H. illucens
  5. Caroline Gutjahr

    Technical University of Munich, Germany

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    arbuscular mycorrhiza development and function
    plant symbiosis
    plant-microbe interactions
    root development
    hormone signalling with focus on karrikins and strigolactones
    Experimental organism
    Lotus japonicus
    Oryza sativa
    B. distachyon
    A. thaliana
  6. Merijn R Kant

    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant-herbivore interactions
    tritrophic interactions
    plant defense
    herbivore offense
    transcript analysis
    biological control
    crop protection
    Experimental organism
    tomato
    spider mite
    predatory mite
  7. Sang-Gyu Kim

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    chemical ecology
    CRISPR-based genome editing
    plant molecular biology
  8. Jurgen Kleine-Vehn

    University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    Plant growth regulation at organelle level
    phytohormonal control of cellular growth
    auxin-dependent growth regulation on subcellular, cellular, tissue and organ level.
  9. Daniel J Kliebenstein

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant-microbe interactions
    quantitative biology
    genome-wide association studies
    plant genomics
    ecological genomics
    fungal cell cycle and morphogenesis
    secondary metabolism
    plant-insect interactions
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
    Botrytis
    plants
  10. David M Kramer

    Michigan State University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Plant Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    photosynthesis
    bioenergetics
    electron and proton transfer
    plant biology
    phenotyping
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
  11. Sheila McCormick

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant reproductive development
    genetics
    plant gametophyte development
    receptor tyrosine kinases
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
    tomato
    maize
  12. Heather E McFarlane

    University of Toronto, Canada

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    plant cell biology
    plant cell walls
    cell wall signalling
    protein trafficking
    secretion
    live cell imaging
    electron microscopy
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
  13. Jacqueline Monaghan

    Queen's University, Canada

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Cell Biology
    Research focus
    plant immunology
    plant molecular biology
    plant immune signal transduction
    plant genetics
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
  14. Magnus Nordborg

    Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    adaptation
    population genetics
    evolutionary genetics
    genetics
    genomics
    genome-wide association studies
    epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
  15. Thorsten Nurnberger

    University of Tübingen, Germany

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    innate immunity
    plant-microbe interactions
    plant immunity
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
  16. Paul Rainey

    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    adaptive radiation
    evolution of individuality
    evolutionary genetics
    ecological genetics
    emergence of infectious diseases
    forecasting evolution
  17. Bernhard Schmid

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant ecology
    evolutionary ecology
    biodiversity
    ecosystem functioning
    traits
    Experimental organism
    seed plants
    grassland
    forest
  18. Pil Joon Seo

    Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    gene expression
    chromatin modification
    epigenetics
    plant regeneration
    circadian clocks
    stress responses
  19. Hao Yu

    National University of Singapore & Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    functional genomics
    plant reproductive development
    phytohormone signalling
    Experimental organism
    rice
    orchid
    A. thaliana
  20. Jian-Min Zhou

    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant microbe interactions and signaling
  21. Daniel Zilberman

    John Innes Centre, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    DNA methylation
    chromatin
    epigenetics
    epigenomics
    evolution
    Experimental organism
    rice
    A. thaliana