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. Ian Baldwin

    Ian Baldwin

    Senior Editor

    Ian Baldwin studied biology and chemistry at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and graduated 1981 with an AB. In 1989, he received a PhD in Chemical Ecology from Cornell University, in the Section of Neurobiology and Behavior. He was an Assistant (1989), Associate (1993) and Full Professor (1996) in the Department of Biology at SUNY Buffalo. In 1996 he became the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, where he now heads of the Department of Molecular Ecology. In 1999 he was appointed Honorary Professor at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. In 2002 he founded the International Max Planck Research School at the Max Planck Institute in Jena. Baldwin's scientific work is devoted to understanding the traits that allow plants to survive in the real world. To achieve this, he has developed a molecular toolbox for the native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata (coyote tobacco) and a graduate program that trains “genome-enabled field biologists” to combine genomic and molecular genetic tools with field work to understand the genes that matter for plant-herbivore, -pollinator, -plant, -microbial interactions under real-world conditions. He has also been a driver behind the open-access publication efforts of the Max Planck Society.

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary biology
    plant biology
    evolution and ecology
    secondary metabolism
    organismic level gene function
    Competing interests statement
    Ian Baldwin has received funding from the Max Planck Society, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the US National Science Foundation, the AW Mellon Foundation, the European Research Council, and the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization. He currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Integrated Plant Biology; and previously, Oecologia, Ecological Studies Series, Chemoecology, and The Plant Journal. He serves on the advisory boards of the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Lytle Preserve, Brigham Young University, and more MPG programs than can be listed; and previously, the Institute of the Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Jülich, the Minerva Center for Arid Ecosystems Research, Hebrew University, the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, the Swiss NSF Priority Program "Plant Survival in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems”, and the DFG Priority Programs "Biological radiations" and "Trophic interactions and dynamics of communities".
  2. Christian S Hardtke

    Christian S Hardtke

    Senior Editor

    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
    Research focus
    plant development
    developmental cell biology
    natural variation
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
    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.
  3. Detlef Weigel

    Deputy Editor

    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
    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. 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
  2. Richard Amasino

    University of Wisconsin, United States

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    plant development and epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
    brachypodium distachyon
  3. David Baulcombe

    Cambridge University, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    epigenetics
    RNA silencing
    plant microbe interactions and signaling
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
  4. Dominique Bergmann

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    cell polarity
    plant development
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
  5. Jörg Bohlmann

    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    metabolism
    chemical ecology
    plant genomics
    Experimental organism
    plants
  6. Marcel Dicke

    Wageningen University, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    ecological entomology
    plant-insect interactions
  7. Jean Greenberg

    University of Chicago, United States

    Expertise
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    local and long distance signalling in innate immunity
    plant-microbe interactions
    bacterial pathogens
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
    N. benthamiana
    tomato
    pseudomonas
  8. Maria J Harrison

    Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant-microbe symbioses
    plant-microbe interactions
    plant mineral nutrition
    Experimental organism
    glomus
    medicago
  9. Merijn R Kant

    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    chemical ecology
    plant defense
    plant-parasite interactions
    Experimental organism
    tomato
    insects
    mites
  10. 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
  11. Sheila McCormick

    University of California, Berkeley, United States

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    cell polarity
    signal transduction
    plant gametophyte development
    reproductive biology
    Experimental organism
    arabidopsis thaliana
    tomato
  12. 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
    statistical genetics
    molecular genetics
  13. 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
    arabidopsis thaliana
  14. Yijun Qi

    Reviewing Editor

    Expertise
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant small RNAs
    long non-coding RNAs
    Experimental organism
    rice
    arabidopsis thaliana
  15. Bernhard Schmid

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant ecology
    community ecology
    biodiversity experiments
    plant-plant interactions
    evolutionary ecology
    Experimental organism
    seed plants
    grassland
    forest
  16. Gary Stacey

    University of Missouri, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant development
    host-microbe interactions
    extracellular ATP
    peptide transport
    Experimental organism
    soybean
  17. Zhiyong Wang

    Carnegie Institution for Science, United States

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    signaling networks and growth regulation
    signal transduction
    proteomics
    hormone
    Experimental organism
    maize
  18. 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
    arabidopsis thaliana
  19. Jian-Min Zhou

    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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

    John Innes Centre, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    chromatin biology
    epigenetics
    epigenomics
    evolution
    Experimental organism
    rice
    arabidopsis thaliana