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March 02
Plant-Microbe Interactions Queenstown Molecular Biology satellite meeting
IS-MPMI members Barry Scott and Peter Solomon recently notified IS-MPMI that registration for the QMB Satellite Meeting on Plant-Microbe Interactions will soon be open. This meeting will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand on 3rd–4th September, 2017.

The main objective of this meeting is to bring together scientists with an interest in the genetics and molecular basis of plant-microbe interactions from New Zealand and Australia. The annual Mt Stromlo Molecular Plant Pathology meeting will not be held in 2017 to encourage Australian researchers to make the journey across the Tasman to participate in the Queenstown meeting.

The MPMI meeting will have the following sessions and confirmed speakers:

Plant-Fungal Interactions:
Sarah Gurr (University of Exeter, UK)
Gunther Doehlemann (University of Köln, Germany)

Plant-Bacterial Interactions
Corne Pieterse (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
James Alfano (University of Nebraska, USA)
Nijat Imin (University of Auckland, NZ)
John Sullivan (University of Otago, NZ)

Plant-Oomycete Interactions
Paul Birch (James Hutton, Dundee, Scotland)
Rosie Bradshaw (Massey University, NZ)

Genomes and Genomics
Diane Saunders (Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK)
Jana Sperschneider (CSIRO, Australia)
David Winter (Massey University, NZ)

Plant Immunity
John Rathjen (ANU, Australia)
Simon Williams (ANU, Australia)

Plant-Microbe Interactions
Uta Paszkowski (University of Cambridge, UK)
Alga Zuccaro (University of Koln, Germany)

Population Genetics
Megan McDonald (ANU, Australia)
Honour McCann (Massey University, NZ)

Cell Biology
Gero Steinberg (University of Exeter, UK)

The meeting will bring together around 120 researchers in the magnificent venue of Queenstown to present and engage in exciting top-level science on this topic. We have a good mixture of international and local speakers at various stages of their careers. Besides those listed above some slots will be reserved to select additional speakers from the pro-offered abstracts. In addition a selection of 5 min snapshot talks from students will be invited from the poster session to be held on the evening of 3rd September.

For more information on this meeting and the main QMB meeting to be held from the 4th-6th September visit the Queenstown Research week web site at http://queenstownresearchweek.org or contact Barry Scott (d.b.scott@massey.ac.nz) at Massey University (Palmerston North) or Peter Solomon (peter.solomon@anu.edu.au) at ANU (Canberra).

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