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Mar 21
A Letter from IS-MPMI President Mary Beth Mudgett

I hope this newsletter finds everyone healthy and that their semester is off to a great start.

Our IS-MPMI community has proven to be remarkably resilient during these turbulent times. The launch of several new society initiatives has been instrumental in keeping us connected and enabling us to share our exciting research from afar. Kudos to MPMI Editor-in-Chief Jeanne Harris and her team for hosting the monthly What's New in MPMI Virtual Seminar series highlighting research advances published in the MPMI journal. These free events have been instrumental in engaging colleagues working on plant–microbe interactions, both society members and nonmembers, from 61 countries.

We have also received enthusiastic feedback on the eSymposia series and Translational Science Workshops held in 2021. Many thanks to the organizers, speakers, and moderators for their contributions. Moving forward, we aim to offer additional online events, especially during non-congress years. I encourage you to submit your suggestions for new research themes to cover in the near future. Feel free to write to me.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the 2022 IS-MPMI Congress planned for JeJu, Korea, due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 impacting the safety of our community. We are so grateful to the entire local organizing committee, led by Professors Doil Choi, Keehoon Sohn, and Ho Won Jung and the Korean Society for Plant Pathology, for their extraordinary efforts to plan a congress during a pandemic. We hope to hold a meeting in Korea in the coming years.

Our inability to gather in-person as a society again this year has greatly impacted our junior colleagues and their professional development. To address this, IS-MPMI will be hosting two half-day virtual symposia to highlight the work of early-career researchers. The dates are June 8 and 9 and September 20 and 21, 2022. More details about the 2022 Early Career Showcase can be found here. Please nominate your colleagues! The deadline is March 31. We will follow up with a speaker program very soon. This event is free to society members.

I am hopeful that 2023 will allow us to meet in-person. Be sure to mark your calendars for July 16–20, 2023, to join us for our 2023 IS-MPMI Congress in Providence, RI, USA. Roger Innes will take the helm of our society in July 2022 as president and is leading efforts to organize a stimulating meeting program.

In closing, I would like to send peaceful wishes and support to our colleagues around the world, especially those who are impacted by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Our academic and research missions play important and long-lasting roles in the vitality of our global society.​

Wishing you all the best,

Mary Beth Mudgett

President, IS-MPMI

Mar 21
Present Your Research at the 2022 Early Career Showcase!

The nomination period to present research at the 2022 Early Career Showcase has been extended! This new event provides the opportunity for senior graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to present important MPMI research to colleagues and industry leaders. The showcase will take place online June 8–​9 and September 20–​21 and is free to all IS-MPMI members—mark your calendar!

Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your work. Nominate yourself, a colleague, or a student before March 31. Submit your nomination today!​

Sep 16
Explore the Most Viewed ePosters from Our July eSymposium

Take a look at the most viewed ePosters from our July eSymposium. You can expect to see more great research from the September 15–16 eSymposium. The final symposium in the series will be held December 1–2: Plant-Microbe Interactions in the Environment—Navigating a Complex World. Register today!

Jun 09
IS-MPMI Congress: eSymposia Series Offers Wonder Networking Platform!


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.

Jun 09
U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative Request for Pre-Proposals Now Open for FY22 Funding

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.

Jun 09
Abstract Submission Will Reopen Next Week


Abstract submission will reopen early next week for the July and December 2021 IS-MPMI Congress: eSymposia Series dates.

Apr 09
Editorial Board Awards First Best Student Paper

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.”

MPMI_Sarah Pottinger.jpgSarah 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.

Mar 17
IS-MPMI Board of Directors Approves Inclusion Statement

Diversity 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 socio-economic status.

As 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.​

Mar 17
Taking MPMI Discoveries to the Field Part II Workshop Held

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.​

Mar 17
IS-MPMI to Host 2021 IS-MPMI Congress: eSymposia Series


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 scientific event.

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