There are many other publishers you might use for Plant and Microbial Biosciences research but I thought these two scholarly societies would be good ones to review and discuss as examples. Presentation
ASPB open access does not use a Creative Commons license.
There are MANY other options. I compiled this list from open access articles published by people in WU Biology Dept. in 2012-2013 plus I added eLife and AoB Plants because they currently have no author fees.
This is documented in the Doctoral Dissertation Guide from the WU GSAS but since PMB supergroup meetings are for graduate students, I thought a quick overview might be good.
First, obtain permission for any included material where you do not own the copyright. This includes your own publications if you have published them with traditional copyright transfer to the publisher! Students are sometimes surprised to see this. "Before you submit your dissertation electronically, you must have obtained permissions for any copyrighted work included in it for which you do not hold the sole copyright. This may include your own previously published work, whether or not you are its sole author." [from GSAS Doctoral Dissertation Guide]
These are decisions you make when submitting to Proquest. (When we add your dissertation to WU Open Scholarship, we honor the decisions you make with Proquest.)