Functional Plant Biology is published in collaboration between CSIRO Publishing, the Australian Society of Plant Scientists, the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology, and the New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists.
Functional Plant Biology publishes papers that contain new and significant information about plant functions and their regulation, especially in relation to changing environments. FPB encourages papers on emerging concepts and new tools in plant biology, and studies on the following functional areas encompassing work from the molecular through whole plant to community scale.
- Emerging science
- Plant growth and development
- Carbohydrate metabolism
- Nutrient uptake and metabolism
- Effective resource utilisation
- Root-rhizosphere biology
- Reproduction biology
- Seed and fruit biology
- Stress tolerance
- Defence and protection
- Viewpoint articles and focused reviews on these topics are welcome.
There are no arbitrary restrictions on the length of papers, and there are no page charges. FPB welcomes papers from any part of the world and uses expert reviewers from a wide range of countries.
Special editions are published on various topics, such as: Plant Phenotyping, Actinorhizal Plants, Plant Phenomics, Functional–Structural Plant Modelling, and Measuring Impacts of Climate Change on Plants.
More details on special editions can be found on the FPB Special Editions page.
FPB Best Paper Award
Functional Plant Biology offers an award for the best paper published by an early-career scientist in the Journal in each calendar year. The winner of the award is invited to present an oral paper at the ComBio conference in the year of the award.
The award also carries a prize of a one-year print and online subscription to FPB, a A$250 book voucher from CSIRO PUBLISHING, and a certificate presented by the president of ASPS at ComBio. To be eligible for the prize, the first author must be:
- A member of ASPS or NZSPB
- A PhD candidate or no more than 10 years post-PhD
Papers eligible for the award will be judged by the Editor-in-Chief and a member(s) of the Executive Committee of ASPS. The winner of the award will be announced in a mid-year issue of the Journal and at ComBio.
The papers of past winners can be viewed here.
Special offer for ASPS and NZSPB members
ASPS and NZSPB members are eligible for a special reduction on personal subscriptions to FPB. Save up to $50 on a yearly subscription! See FPB website for more details.