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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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We talked with Prof. Sophien Kamoun, a biology scientist with the Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK. Dr. Kamoun is known for his prolific Tweeting and advocacy for Open Science but, also importantly, for his work with oomycetes (#notafungus), effectors and evolution and, more recently, wheat blast.

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Get to know one of our leaders, 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 and developed R packages to advance and facilitate the analysis of genetic and genome sequence data with applications in taxonomy and evolution.

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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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