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March 13
It Is All About Interactions
reginedennis.jpgWhen Regine Kahmann became president of IS-MPMI in July 2016 in Portland, she emphasized that the IS-MPMI Society would benefit from continuing to build on its dynamic and active community—not just with respect to supporting great science and making sure that we have stimulating and exciting meetings every two years—but with regard to its members and transmitting our knowledge to other scientists and the public. Such activities in the past were in part channeled through the IS-MPMI Reporter. In 2014, the print version of the IS-MPMI Reporter was discontinued and IS-MPMI news has since reached you through the Interactions online site.
After a productive term leading IS-MPMI Interactions, Brad Day stepped down from his responsibilities as Editor-in-Chief last year. Following the IS-MPMI Congress in Portland, Dennis Halterman (USDA/ARS, Madison, WI) contacted the IS-MPMI Board of Directors and offered to volunteer his time as the new Interactions EIC. Dennis officially assumed the duties in February of this year. To support Dennis in this undertaking and to provide valuable insights into the IS-MPMI community, he is joined by a team of senior scientists whom Regine recruited because they are close to retirement or have recently retired, have smaller research groups and hopefully fewer responsibilities and have not just more time but also tremendous amounts of accumulated knowledge which they are willing to give back to our community. This team currently includes: Drs. Paola Bonfante (Università di Torino, Italy), Alan Collmer (Cornell University, USA), Allan Downie (John Innes Center, UK), Dan Klessig (Cornell University, USA) and Fred Ausubel (Harvard Medical School, USA). This group of scientists should not be static, so if you have some great ideas for our society and would like to participate, please let us know.
Our goal over the coming year is to not only continue to make the Interactions site an interesting and effective resource for our members, but to add new content that will provide a mix of social and professional interaction among members. We realize that the long-term success of Interactions will rely heavily on member participation. It’s apparent that IS-MPMI members are among the most brilliant, captivating, and talented people that science has to offer (yes, we’re trying to flatter you a bit).  For these reasons, we have little doubt that there are interesting and provocative ideas, comments, and observations within our community just waiting to be shared. Our hope is to make Interactions an accommodating forum for members to share views on “hot topics”, anecdotal stories about research findings published in the MPMI journal, or science-related events within the community. In addition, we anticipate that it will be a valuable resource in particular for our young members who are searching for jobs, finding knowledgeable collaborators, and learning new techniques. In the coming months you may get email requests for your participation in special Interactions topics. We ask that you seriously consider participating in these opportunities and spend some time thinking about how we can make the IS-MPMI community a showcase for effective communication, collaboration, and cooperation.
We hope you will like some of our ideas and engage in the dialogue initiated in Interactions. Please continue to check the Interactions website for new content and opportunities to interact with other members.
Regine Kahmann                Dennis Halterman
President, IS-MPMI            Editor-in-Chief, Interactions
March 13
Perturbation of H3K27me3-Associated Epigenetic Processes Increases Agrobacterium-Mediated Transformation

Improving the efficiency of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation remains a major challenge for many plant species, particularly if the full potential of genome editing is to be realized. Iwakawa et al. provide evidence that transformation efficiency could be enhanced through manipulation of H3K27me3-dependent epigenetic regulation. View article...

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).

February 24
Registration Extended for 3rd Adam Kondorosi Symposium on Beneficial Plant-Microbe Interactions
The registration to the 3rd Adam Kondorosi symposium Beneficial Plant-Microbe Interactions that will be held in Gif-sur-Yvette (Paris region, France), on April 24-25, 2017 is extended until March 15.

You can find details for registration at http://aksymposium.ips2.fr/

This meeting aims at creating a scientific event that is at the forefront of fundamental research in beneficial plant-microbe interactionsp. The Symposium will bring together about 150 participants in a rather informal atmosphere, facilitating exchanges. We also aim at proposing a highly attractive program at a moderate inscription fee to give the opportunity to researchers - in particular those at the early stage of their career - to participate to an exciting top-level scientific event. Young researchers will have the opportunity to present their work with a poster.

February 14
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February 14
IS-MPMI Welcomes New Interactions Editor-in-Chief
IS-MPMI is pleased to welcome the new Interactions Editor-in-Chief, Dennis Halterman. Dr. Halterman is a Research Geneticist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. He obtained his Ph.D. at Purdue University with a focus on genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology while under the instruction of Dr. Greg Martin. He continued his career as a USDA/ARS postdoctoral scientist at Iowa State University with Dr. Roger Wise. Since 2004, his laboratory in Madison, WI has focused on identifying and characterizing disease resistance genes in potato to a wide variety of pathogens. Dr. Halterman is also very active in science outreach through plantingscience.org, the American Phytopathological Society's Office of Public Relations and Outreach, and K-12 activities throughout Wisconsin. Dr. Halterman has been an IS-MPMI member since 2001 and is looking forward to the opportunity to volunteer his efforts to improve the value of IS-MPMI membership through new and improved Interactions website (details forthcoming).
January 30
Next focus issue topic announced - get the first six pages FREE.

MPMI is now accepting submissions for the next focus issue: Effector-triggered Susceptibility. We invite research and perspective articles that explore all aspects of effector structure, function, and evolution, encompassing the full breadth of plant-associated organisms.Articles highlighting translational research as well as fundamental understanding are welcome. Authors, get the first six pages (plus one figure) FREE for the first 15 accepted papers. Submissions due June 15, 2017.  Learn more.

January 30
GABA Uptake Represses Gene Expression in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000

McCraw et al. demonstrate that the GABA permease GabP provides the primary mechanism for GABA uptake by DC3000 and that a gabP deletion mutant is insensitive to GABA-mediated-repression of T3SS expression. Open Access.

January 10
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January 09
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Submit your paper to MPMI and make your discoveries known to the entire IS-MPMI research community. Special Offer: First 6 pages are FREE
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