Wonder is a fabulously
interactive tool that gives you the virtual ability to "walk around"
and network with other attendees during 2021 IS-MPMI Congress: eSymposia Series
events. It's a new way to network! Look for networking
times in the schedule and be sure to add them to your agenda.
The USWBSI has launched its FY22 Funding Cycle. Instructions for
submitting a letter of intent and/or pre-proposal for earch category are available on the website. Category 1:
Commodity-Based and VDHR-Uniform Nursery Coordinated Projects; Category 2: FHB Integrated
Management Coordinated Project; Category 3: Research Area Individual Project; and Category 4: Transformational Science Project.
To recognize the work of early-career scientists, the MPMI editorial board has implemented a new award series to honor the best paper published by a student first author. For 2020, that award goes to Sarah Pottinger for her paper “Optimizing the PBS1 Decoy System to Confer Resistance to Potyvirus Infection in Arabidopsis and Soybean.”
“I found Sarah’s work on engineering PBS1 as a modifiable decoy to be innovative and creative, and the possibility of creating novel resistance traits in crops has exciting implications for agriculture,” said Jeanne Harris, the MPMI editor-in-chief. “In addition, I appreciated the logical way she leads her reader through the reasoning behind her experiments and subsequent conclusions.”
Sarah Pottinger is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Roger Innes lab at Indiana University, Bloomington, where her research focuses on investigating the Arabidopsis RPS5/PBS1 decoy system to optimize plant immune responses. She is exploring the use of proximity-based labeling to identify possible signaling partners for RPS5 as well as working towards elucidating a structure for PBS1 and RPS5. She hopes to graduate in 2022 and pursue postdoctoral studies in NLR signaling and specificity.
The MPMI editorial board also identified the following papers as honorable mentions:
Structural Requirements of the Phytoplasma Effector Protein SAP54 for Causing Homeotic Transformation of Floral Organ
Marc Benjamin Aurin, et al.
Prediction and Characterization of RXLR Effectors in Pythium Species
Gan Ai, et al.
Chitin Triggers Calcium-Mediated Immune Response in the Plant Model Physcomitrella patens
Giulia Galotto, et al.
and inclusion are core values of the International Society of Molecular Plant-Microbe
Interactions. We are committed to cultivating and supporting a diverse
membership, with inclusion, openness, and respect. Diverse groups are
demonstrated to be more productive and creative and better able to answer key
questions. We encourage all interested people to explore plant–microbe
interactions, independent of their age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity,
immigration status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and
an international society, it is our priority to increase diversity and
facilitate change. IS-MPMI has created a Committee for Diversity and Inclusion
(CDI), who will foster an inclusive environment within our community.
To draw our community together in
a non-congress year, IS-MPMI gathered virtually on February 10 for the second
of two workshops titled Taking MPMI Discoveries to the Field. These workshops
highlighted the outstanding efforts of our members to translate molecular
discoveries to the field and address MPMI Top 10
Question #3: How can we translate basic research into emerging crop
plants? In the second workshop, Dr. Bing Yang, from the Danforth Plant Science
Center and University of Missouri, spoke about his work using genome editing to
increase resistance to bacterial blight in rice. Dr. Nik Grünwald,
from the USDA-ARS and Oregon State University, discussed bioinformatic tools
that his lab has developed to study the genomes of Phytophthora species. These useful
tools will be made available to our community soon. Dr. Hailing Jin, from the University of
California-Riverside, presented exciting new data on the role of small RNAs in
both pathogen infection and host defense strategies. Dr. Linda Johnson, from AgResearch in New Zealand,
talked about fungal endophytes and their role in plant health. The workshop was
sponsored by Microbes Biosciences,
and CEO Brian Pusch
concluded the workshop by introducing attendees to the company and discussed
the processes they use to identify beneficial microbes and incorporate them
into products used in agriculture. The event was moderated by Mary Beth Mudgett
(IS-MPMI president), Jeanne
Harris (EIC, MPMI
journal), and Dennis
Halterman (EIC, IS-MPMI Interactions).
If you attended the event, or if
you registered and were not able to attend, you can log into the IS-MPMI
website and watch a recording
of the workshop. If you haven’t already, you can still register for the event
and view the recording of the talks and discussions.
IS-MPMI is excited to announce the
2021 Congress: eSymposia Series, which will take place online with a series of three separate events starting this summer!
Abstract submissions open later in March. Stay tuned for more details about this
opportunity to share your research and network with colleagues at this virtual
Join IS-MPMIConnect, an interactive online community with discussion groups and virtual events for both your professional and personal life.
Learn about IS-MPMIConnect
IS-MPMIConnect is an opt-in, online forum. You can participate in discussion groups that align to your interests, including Work/Life Balance, Early Career Professionals, Parenting and Caregiving in STEM, and Inclusion & Diversity. As our community grows, we will expand our offerings to include other discussion groups and event topics, such as teaching, research, mentorship, job searches, or isolation in the remote world.
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IS-MPMIConnect is dedicated to providing resources that help you in your professional and personal endeavors. Events are always free and open to all. Bookmark the Events page to register for webinars and live discussions to support you through the pandemic and beyond. Recent topics include Early Career Research, Caregiving During a Global Pandemic, and Embracing Diversity.
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IS-MPMI represents an international community—the last
IS-MPMI Congress was attended by scientists from more than 50 countries—and this
diversity is reflected in the authorship of articles in the MPMI journal.
Changes in the publishing landscape, both in the ways authors publish their
work and the ways readers access content, as well as a growing awareness that
research should be available to teachers, students, and colleagues worldwide,
have led to the decision to turn MPMI into a gold open access
journal. Beginning January 2021, all MPMI content will be fully
available to everyone.
Jeanne Harris, the MPMI editor-in-chief, envisions
the journal as a place to tackle the big questions in molecular plant-microbe
interactions. “We want to position MPMI to be a place where the
community discusses these big questions. Not just what we’ve done but looking
forward at the big questions that face us.” She sees this move to open access
as a way to foster inclusion, drawing all voices into the discussion.
Since Harris took over as
editor-in-chief in 2018, MPMI has transitioned from being a print
publication to online-only delivery and made all technical advances freely
available, which were important first steps toward becoming open access.
“Plants live all over the world, microbes live all over the world,” Harris
said. “When we look at the people who make up our IS-MPMI community, we see
that the members are from all over the world and not every place has
subscription access. It was clear that MPMI had to go open access to
reach our entire community.”
According to Krishna Subbarao, the chair of the American
Phytopathological Society’s Publications Board, it was “especially vital that MPMI
move to open access because many of the journals in the molecular area were
already gold open access,” and some European authors were prevented from
publishing in journals without full open access due to constraints from funding
agencies or institutions. Subbarao states, “We hope that the European authors will
welcome this change and that this move to gold open access attracts authors
from every part of the world.”
MPMI currently makes both resource announcements and
advances open access so that they can be a resource for the community
and review articles are freely available for a month. However, Harris has championed
the move toward fully open access. “These ideas and the findings really should
be shared,” she said.
With the gold open access launch in 2021, the MPMI journal
will become more accessible than ever and can serve as a community meeting
place for all. Authors are encouraged to submit their
articles now to be included in the first open access issues. Articles
submitted today will be openly available for everyone in our community as they
more about the journal.