Nature Plants is now supporting the wonderfully informative Plant Science Panel run by Sense About Science, a charitable organization geared towards helping the public make sense of scientific developments and debates. Established in 2012 and comprised of 40-plus scientists, the panel provides answers to plant-related queries from the public on topics ranging from the nutritional quality of crops to the politics surrounding agricultural innovations. Answers to previous questions can be found at http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/plant-science-expert-panel.html.
Alongside serving as an ongoing resource for people with general plant science queries, the panel also runs live question and answer sessions on specific themes. Topics covered to date include the safety and regulation of GM crops and the environmental impact of organic versus conventional farming. Next up is a live Q&A on soils, to be hosted by four soil scientists on Monday 28 July – http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/soil-a-non-renewable-resource-that-were-throwing-away.html. Any burning questions about soils and their sustainability to be directed their way.