CELEBRATING BASIC PLANT SCIENCE: BLOG SERIES
15th Jan 2014
Over the last few months, the GARNet blog Weeding the Gems has been running a series: Celebrating Basic Plant Science. So far Siobhan Braybrook, Juliet Coates, Catherine Kidner and Martin Howard have discussed their research and it has been fascinating to read their perspectives on how exciting and important their work is.
The series was inspired by David Baulcombe 's talk at the 2013 UK Plant Sciences Federation conference, PlantSci 2013, in which he made his case for the absolute necessity of ‘basic’ plant science research – science done for the sake of curiosity and understanding, to answer a question just because it’s there. He argued that above and beyond simple curiosity, maintaining a diversity of basic plant science research avenues is critical for paradigm shifts and future innovation, which are impossible to predict and can impact not only plant and agricultural science but medical science too.