Did you know that our Plantae Facebook page was created in May 2017? 

This month, we are reaching 70,000 - 250,000 people weekly with the latest news, publications and opportunities in plant sciences with over 100 posts per week! A few weeks ago we reached 20,000 followers and on the last day of 2018 we look back at our top posts based on reach and engagement. Feel free to message our accounts if you would like your own (mostly OA) publications, opportunities and tips for science students to share and we will post/tweet about them.

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Record Post (16 Oct 2018): The Cultivar Series collection of photographs reveal the mind-boggling diversity of crop cultivars. bit.ly/CultivarSeries

Stats: 1,133,135 reached, 174,117 engaged, 10, 295 shares

Post (Dec 2018): Scientific illustrations by Rachel Ignotofsky, a New York Times Best Selling author and illustrator: https://www.rachelignotofskydesign.com

Stats: 131,990 reached, 17,323 engaged, 1,078 shares

Post (Dec 2018): One of the most important skills a young scientist needs to learn is how to read (and write) scientific papers.

To help instructors teach these critical skills, here are two articles to introduce students to the practices and conventions of scientific articles. Both are free to download. http://bit.ly/2UxdXH5

Stats: 91,019 reached, 11,129 engaged, 927 shares

Post (Nov 2018): Know your monocots and dicots! This handy cheat sheet can help you sort it all out. Source: amoebasisters.com 

Stats: 125,160 reached, 19.883 engaged, 1,114 shares

Post (Nov 2018): What's actually going on inside a leaf? This comic provides a brief overview. Image Source:www.amoebasisters.com 

Teaching Tools in Plant Biology resources and plant science lectures are freely available in our Plantae Community! http://bit.ly/TeachingToolsinPlantBiology

Stats: 52,584 reached, 5,309 engaged, 524 shares

Post (April 2018)Dancing with Hormones: A Current Perspective of Nitrate Signaling and Regulation in Arabidopsis (Guan, 2017) - read open access review: https://bit.ly/2F2jDQG 

Stats: 45,894 reached, 3,235 engaged, 335 shares

Post (Nov 2018): See the Plant Kingdom's Hidden Microscopic Wonders by National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/…/see-plant-kingdoms-h… The next time you take a bite out of a salad, remember this: It's not that easy being green.

Stats: 34,014 reached, 1,598 engaged, 272 shares

Post (Oct 2018): Thismia kelabitiana (Thismiaceae), a new unique Fairy Lantern from Borneo potentially threatened by commercial logging (Dančák et al., 2018): http://bit.ly/BorneoFairyLantern_OA

Surrogate species (i.e. species that are used to represent other species or aspects of the environment to attain a conservation objective) are widely used in nature conservation as a shortcut for conservation planning especially in regions where detailed data on biodiversity are lacking. Although Thismia species are tiny and usually inconspicuous plants, in close view they are fairly strange-looking and some of them are attractive and colourful. Their odd appearance, together with their peculiar life strategy and strong links to the primary forests, makes them exceptional among rainforest herbs. Thus, they are potential candidates for good surrogate species.

Stats: 31,526 reached, 4,435 engaged, 97 shares

Post (June 2018): Colour bio-factories: Towards scale-up production of anthocyanins in plant cell cultures (Appelhagen et al., 2018): http://bit.ly/ColourBioFactories_OA

Stats: 21,681 reached, 2,157 engaged, 128 shares

Post (Nov 2018): Towards a tailored indoor horticulture: a functional genomics guided phenotypic approach (Marondedze et al., 2018): http://bit.ly/IndoorHorticulture_OA

Here, the authors review the effects of light quality on model and crop plants studied from a physiological, physical and biochemical perspective, and explain how functional genomics can be employed in tandem to generate a wealth of molecular data specific for plants cultivated under indoor lighting. They also review the current state of lighting technologies in indoor horticulture specifically discussing how recent narrow-bandwidth lighting technologies can be tailored to cultivate economically valuable plant species and traits.

Stats: 20,320 reached, 2,111 engaged, 168 shares

Post (Nov 2018): This #Halloween remember, there are plenty of plants that embody spooky themes, and what could be cooler than dressing up as a corpse flower or parasitic dodder?! If you do dress up as one of your your favorite plants, let us know with #BOOtany!

Stats: 20,524 reaches, 1,597 engaged, 183 shares

Post (Dec 2018): Carbon Fixation: Closing the circle (Machingura et al., 2018): http://bit.ly/CarbonFixationCircle_OA

When the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is viewed under a microscope, the most prominent object in the cell is a structure called the pyrenoid. Located within the chloroplast, the organelle where photosynthesis takes place, the pyrenoid was once thought to be a storage body composed of protein and starch. In Chlamydomonas the different stages of the Calvin-Benson cycle take place in separate locations within the chloroplast.

Stats: 15,533 reached, 1,551 engaged, 165 shares

Post (Aug 2018): Model plants like #Arabidopsis and #Brachypodiumhave been essential for understanding plant growth, development and stress response. This list by Julia Miller provides examples and benefits of using non-model plant species to study abiotic stresses: http://bit.ly/Abiotic_NonModel

Stats: 13,239 reached 728 engaged, 72 shares

Post (Aug 2018): Review Article: Gibberellin Localization and Transport in Plants (Binenbaum et al., 2018) bit.ly/GibberellinReview_2018_OA

Stats: 12,766 reached, 747 enanged, 94 shares

Post (Nov 2018): Drought or/and Heat-Stress Effects on Seed Filling in Food Crops: Impacts on Functional Biochemistry, Seed Yields, and Nutritional Quality (Sehgal et al., 2018): http://bit.ly/DroughtHeatSeedFilling_OA

Stats: 11,775 reached, 1,386 engaged, 123 shares

Post: Teaching Tools in Plant Biology, published by the American Society of Plant Biologists, combines up-to-date peer-reviewed research-based content with flexible presentation components: https://community.plantae.org/…/teaching-tools-in…/dashboard

Stats: 11,643 reached, 498 engaged, 125 shares

Post (Dec 2018): Melatonin: A New Plant Hormone and/or a Plant Master Regulator? (Arnao and Hernández-Ruiz, 2018) $: http://bit.ly/MelatoninHormone

Plant melatonin not only acts as an antioxidant, but also induces substantial changes in gene expression in many physiological processes. Recently, the first plant melatonin receptor was identified and characterized in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Many data indicate that plant melatonin could be considered a new plant hormone, although its multiple actions also point to it being an important master regulator of redox homeostasis in plants.

Stats: 10,242 reached, 411 engaged, 93 shares

Post (Oct 2018, Plantae account): Apply for a Travel Grant to attend Plant Biology 2019! Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due Wednesday, December 5, 2018. 

Full details and applications are available at: https://travelgrants.aspb.org/

Stats: 8,383 reached, 997 engaged, 56 shares

Post (Oct 2018): Introducing Plant Tracer: An inquiry-based plant time lapse educational resource developed by Eric Brenner and colleagues at NYU: https://community.plantae.org/…/50…/introducing-plant-tracer

Stats: 8,350 reached, 735 engaged, 57 shares 

Post (Dec 2018): Research Fellowship and Awards at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

There is currently one fellowship, eight awards, and an internship program available at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. http://bit.ly/ArnoldA

Stats: 5,146 reached, 179 engaged, 29 shares

These are just a few, random examples of our Facebook page stats - we also have a Twitter account and ASPB has a separate accounts as well (Twitter, Facebook). 

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