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So You Want to Write an R Package? So you want to write your first R package, but you don’t know where to start? We can help with that! Writing an R package is not difficult per se, but it can be intimidating for a first timer. Why would you want to write an R package? Well, as @PhytophthoraLab says, if you have more than two functions, you have a package, plus it means you can get citations!

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Our second OPP interview features Professor Sophien Kamoun, a senior scientist and professor of biology with the Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK. Dr. Kamoun is known for his prolific Tweeting but more importantly for his work with oomycetes (#notafungus), effectors and evolution. Prof. Kamoun is well recognized for his efforts to champion data sharing and other open science practices. It is a great pleasure to have Prof. Kamoun answering six questions about open science.

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Our first OPP Interview features Dr. Niklaus J. Grünwald, a plant pathologist with USDA ARS, Corvallis, OR, USA. Nik has made significant scientific contributions to the understanding of the population biology and evolution of Phytophthora infestans worldwide. His lab has developed R packages which have contributed considerably to advance and facilitate the analysis of genetic and genome sequence data with applications in taxonomy and evolution, beyond the field of plant pathology.

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OPP was created in early January and we had no idea how OPP would be received and whether it would catch interest and be sustainable. In this post, we provide a brief summary of major achievements during the first five months of OPP.

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A community call for plant epidemiologists, pathogen population biologists, molecular ecologists and mathematical modelers to join a network for promoting data sharing and open tools.

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