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June Issue of Plant Physiology has significant UCR Contributions


June Issue of Plant Physiology has significant UCR Contributions

(June 25, 2003)

The June 2003 issue of <i>Plant Physiology</i> contains significant contributions made by UCR faculty and staff.  (Cover design: Jocelyn Brimo, CEPCEB).

The June 2003 issue of Plant Physiology contains significant contributions made by UCR faculty and staff. (Cover design: Jocelyn Brimo, CEPCEB).

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- (www.ucr.edu) -- The June 2003 issue of Plant Physiology contains significant contributions made by UCR faculty and staff. Subtitled “Arabidopsis Special Issue: Plant Systems Biology,” the issue is one of the first publications devoted to systems-based research — the new multidisciplinary, computational approach for addressing biological issues and the wave of the future in plant biology. In addition to this innovative emphasis, the issue also bears the following UCR contributions:

1) The Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) Director Natasha Raikhel and CEPCEB member Zhenbiao Yang from Botany & Plant Sciences organized the 22nd Symposium in Plant Biology held on January 15-18, 2003 at the Riverside Convention Center. A report highlighting this international meeting, entitled “Frontiers of Plant Cell Biology: Signals and Pathways, System-Based Approaches 22nd Symposium in Plant Biology (University of California—Riverside)” is located on pages 428-435.

2) The “Editor’s Choice” article is a summary report written with the assistance of participants at a DOE workshop held at the Mission Inn on January 19, 2003, the day after the 22nd Symposium in Plant Biology. The report entitled “Achieving the in Silico Plant. Systems Biology and the Future of Plant Biological Research” can be found on pages 404-409.

3) The first article of the issue, listed under “Perspectives on Systems Biology,” is a collaborative effort among CEPCEB members from Botany & Plant Sciences (Thomas Girke, David Carter and Natasha Raikhel) and Electrical Engineering (Mihri Ozkan). This lead article, titled “Towards a Modeling Infrastructure for Studying Plant Cells” is located on pages 410-414.

4) The cover of the issue was designed and developed by Jocelyn Brimo, a CEPCEB staff member and assistant to Natasha Raikhel. The editorial for the issue was co-authored by Raikhel.

The Center for Plant Cell Biology was established in early 2002 and attempts to answer significant outstanding questions in plant biology by integrating genomic, bioinformatic, cellular, molecular, biochemical, and genetic approaches. The mission of the center is to incorporate scientists from diverse disciplines in a team approach toward determining the function of proteins within living plant cells in the context of whole plants. The center addresses a broad spectrum of research topics, including cell architecture, intracellular protein transport, cell-cell communication, signal transduction, cytoskeleton, cell cycle control, mechanisms of gene regulation, responses to environmental changes, and mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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