TAB provides free access peer-reviewed articles
on key plant model organism
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The American Society of Plant
Biologists (ASPB) has appointed Keiko Torii as the next editor in chief of The
Arabidopsis Book (TAB). Torii becomes editor on April 1.
TAB is a free access peer-reviewed serial
publication that was launched by ASPB in 2002 under the direction of plant
biologists Chris Somerville and Elliot Meyerowitz as a new model for communicating
up-to-date and comprehensive information about a broad range of topics in
research on Arabidopsis thaliana and related species. New
articles are published as fields evolve, and older content is substantively
revised on an ongoing basis. There are currently nearly 100 TAB chapters freely
available at http://bit.ly/TheArabidopsisBook.
Torii is distinguished professor of biology at
the University of Washington and was recently selected as an HHMI-GBMF Investigator
by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore
Foundation. She is currently a member of the editorial board for TAB, a
monitoring editor for Plant Physiology,
and a mentor for ASPB’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.
Torii studies how plant cells interact to
establish functional patterns during development. She was among the first to
discover a role for receptor kinases in plant growth and development. Through
the analysis of ERECTA-family receptor kinase mutants, Torii further revealed
that this family of receptor kinases regulates patterning and differentiation
of stomata, small pores on the plant surface for efficient gas exchange. She
played a key role in further identification of peptide signaling ligands and
'master regulatory' transcription factors specifying stomatal development. She
is now working across disciplines to understand the regulatory dynamics and
signaling pathways that create stomatal patterns. Greater understanding of this
process can help predict how plants will cope with changing climates, including
droughts and other environmental challenges.
Each TAB article provides a scholarly and authoritative overview of the state
of knowledge about the topic being covered, generally including hyperlinks to
long-lived web resources to facilitate reader access to information about
genes, datasets, and other key references.
Torii follows current editor Rob Last of Michigan
Photo of Keiko Torii by Stephen Brashear/AP, © HHMI
CONTACT: Nancy Winchester, Director of Publications
firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 296-0904 (office)
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