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Mar 21
Now Expanded—The Parameters for Publication in MPMI

To bot​h refine and broaden the mission of MPMI, Editor-in-Chief Tim Friesen and his editorial board have revised the journal's overview, scope, and newly acceptable content.

New Overview

Molecular Plant–Microbe Interactions (MPMI) publishes peer-reviewed fundamental and advanced applied research on the genetics, genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics of pathological, symbiotic, and associative interactions of microbes, insects, nematodes, or parasitic plants with plants.

New Scope

MPMI publishes cutting-edge research that investigates the molecular mechanisms of plant interactions with other organisms, including pathogens, pests, and beneficial microbes. The journal communicates novel findings that significantly advance our molecular and cellular understanding of these plant-associated interactions.​

New Acceptable Content for MPMI

  • Molecular and cell biological analysis of relevant factors involving the plant-associated organism or the plant alone or molecular analysis of components that affect or modulate plant–microbe interaction
  • Genetic analysis (fundamental or applied) that advances knowledge of plant and/or plant-associated organism interactions
  • Molecular evolution and molecular ecology of interactions between plants and other organisms
  • Comparative genomics of organisms associated with a plant–microbe interaction
  • Research addressing molecular aspects of symbiotic and associative relationships with plants
  • Spatial and temporal analyses of the cell biology of plant–microbe interactions, including studies focused on light and/or electron microscopy
  • Technical advances (methodological), if they report important novel advances in technology for studying the molecular aspects of plant–microbe interactions mentioned above

Consider submitting your next paper to MPMI, the official journal of IS-MPMI. IS-MPMI members receive a discount to publish in MPMI. Beyond gold open access publication, MPMI offers virtual presentation opportunities and an official podcast, Microgreens, to enhance reader engagement worldwide. The journal's association with two scientific societies (MPMI is also a member journal of The American Phytopathological Society) results in dual marketing efforts, which exposes your work to a wider audience.

If you are unsure whether your manuscript is appropriate for MPMI, you are encouraged to submit a presubmission inquiry to Editor-in-Chief Tim Friesen describing the significance of your findings.

View information for authors here.
Mar 21
Publishing in April: The MPMI Focus Issue on The Plant Endomembrane System in Molecular Plant–Microbe Interactions
Take a first look at five of the papers in this Special Issue and stay tuned for more.

Extracellular Vesicles in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis: Current Understanding and Future Perspectives
Samuel Holland and Ronelle Roth

A Close Look into the Composition and Functions of Fungal Extracellular Vesicles Produced by Phytopathogens
Marina Maximo, Taicia P. Fill, and Marcio Rodrigues

Arabidopsis Dynamin-Related Protein AtDRP2A Contributes to Late flg22-Signaling and Effective Immunity against Pseudomonas syringae Bacteria
Gayani Ekanayake, Michelle E. Leslie, John McGill Smith, and Antje Heese

Manipulation of the Host Endomembrane System by Bacterial Effectors
Hyelim Jeon and Cecile Segonzac

Pathogen-Derived Extracellular Vesicles: Emerging Mediators of Plant–Microbe Interactions
Zhangying Wang, Jiayue Zeng, Jiliang Deng, Xiangjie Hou, Jiefu Zhang, Wei Yan, and Qiang Cai​

Mar 21
Call for Papers! Publish in the MPMI Focus Issue on Effectors at the Interface of Plant–Microbe Interactions

Effectors are central to determining the complex and dynamic interaction between plants and microbes. Whether those interactions re​​​​sult in the establishment of a beneficial or negative interaction, effectors are at the interface of any plant–microbe interaction.

Despite their role as mediators of plant–microbe interactions, gaining a full understanding of the biology and evolution of these intriguing molecules has been a challenging task. This MPMI Focus Issue will present the latest developments in the study of microbial effector biology and evolution in the context of plant immunity across diverse systems. As the scientific community seeks to respond to global challenges in agriculture and food production, we wish to highlight potential solutions and technologies emerging from research in microbial effectors.

We invite research and review articles that explore the complex role of effectors in molecular plant–microbe interactions. Articles highlighting translational research, as well as fundamental understanding, are welcome. We look forward to assembling an issue that features the excellent research in this area!

Benefits to Authors

A Focus Issue offers authors several benefits. A single-topic issue gives scientists an opportunity to publish alongside the related work of their peers to highlight progress in a focal area. The Effectors at the Interface of Plant–Microbe Interactions MPMI Focus Issue will be widely promoted and is expected to be highly cited, giving authors maximum exposure.

Articles will be submitted to Crossref, allowing citation tracking and connectivity as this research area moves forward in MPMI and other scientific journals.

If you are working on research described herein, submit your manuscript to MPMI and select "Focus Issue" as the article type. Please also indicate in your cover letter that you would like your manuscript to be considered for the 2024 Focus Issue.

For more information about the scope of this issue, please contact MPMI Editor-in-Chief Tim Friesen.​

​​​​Submit a Manuscript Instructions to Authors

Dec 21
Celebrate a Great Year of MPMI Science: Most Cited and Most Read Articles Published in 2022

Most Cited

EffectorP 3.0: Prediction of Apoplastic and Cytoplasmic Effectors in Fungi and Oomycetes
Jana Sperschneider and Peter N. Dodds

Identification of Adhesins in Plant Beneficial Rhizobacteria Bacillus velezensis SQR9 and Their Effect on Root Colonization
Rong Huang, Haichao Feng, Zhihui Xu, Nan Zhang, Yunpeng Liu et al.

OsRAM2 Function in Lipid Biosynthesis Is Required for Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in Rice
Ying-Na Liu, Cheng-Chen Liu, An-Qi Zhu, Ke-Xin Niu, Rui Guo et al.

The Mechanosensitive Ion Channel MSL10 Modulates Susceptibility to Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis thaliana
Debarati Basu, Jennette M. Codjoe, Kira M. Veley, and Elizabeth S. Haswell​

Most Read

Recognition of Microbe- and Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns by Leucine-Rich Repeat Pattern Recognition Receptor Kinases Confers Salt Tolerance in Plants
Eliza P.-I. Loo, Yuri Tajima, Kohji Yamada, Shota Kido, Taishi Hirase et al.

EffectorP 3.0: Prediction of Apoplastic and Cytoplasmic Effectors in Fungi and Oomycetes
Jana Sperschneider and Peter N. Dodds

Cell-to-Cell Communication During Plant–Pathogen Interaction
Naheed Tabassum and Ikram Blilou

Plant–Microbiota Interactions in Abiotic Stress Environments
Natsuki Omae and Kenichi Tsuda

Growth Promotion of Giant Duckweed Spirodela polyrhiza (Lemnaceae) by Ensifer sp. SP4 Through Enhancement of Nitrogen Metabolism and Photosynthesis
Tadashi Toyama, Kazuhiro Mori, Yasuhiro Tanaka, Michihiko Ike, and Masaaki Morikawa

Influence of Flagellin Polymorphisms, Gene Regulation, and Responsive Memory on the Motility of Xanthomonas Species That Cause Bacterial Spot Disease of Solanaceous Plants
Maria L. Malvino, Amie J. Bott, Cory E. Green, Tanvi Majumdar, and Sarah R. Hind

Production of Agrocinopine A by Ipomoea batatas Agrocinopine Synthase in Transgenic Tobacco and Its Effect on the Rhizosphere Microbial Community
Aiko Tanaka, Maarten H. Ryder, Takamasa Suzuki, Kazuma Uesaka, Nobuo Yamaguchi et al.

Microscopic and Transcriptomic Analyses of Dalbergoid Legume Peanut Reveal a Divergent Evolution Leading to Nod-Factor-Dependent Epidermal Crack-Entry and Terminal Bacteroid Differentiation
Bikash Raul, Oindrila Bhattacharjee, Amit Ghosh, Priya Upadhyay, Kunal Tembhare et al.

RNAi-Based Gene Silencing of RXLR Effectors Protects Plants Against the Oomycete Pathogen Phytophthora capsici
Wei Cheng, Menglan Lin, Moli Chu, Guixiang Xiang, Jianwen Guo et al.

Involvement of Arabidopsis Acyl Carrier Protein 1 in PAMP-Triggered Immunity
Zhenzhen Zhao, Jiangbo Fan, Piao Yang, Zonghua Wang, Stephen Obol Opiyo et al.​

Sep 20
MPMI Releases a Timely and Critical Focus Issue

MPMI proudly presents a special focus issue addressing the #2 top unanswered research question identified by the MPMI scientific community: How do aspects of the abiotic environment affect plant–microbe interactions, and conversely, how do plant–microbe interactions affect host response to abiotic stress? The science presented is crucial to understanding how climate change affects plants on a microbial level and to protecting plant health.​

Volume 35, Number 7 / July 2022

Focus on the Role of the Abiotic Environment on Interactions Between Plants and Microbes
J. M. Harris, J. Bede, and K. Tsuda

Plant–Microbiota Interactions in Abiotic Stress Environments
N. Omae and K. Tsuda

Impact of Future Elevated Carbon Dioxide on C3 Plant Resistance to Biotic Stresses
Q. Bazinet, L. Tang, and J. C. Bede

At the Crossroads of Salinity and Rhizobium–Legume Symbiosis
S. Chakraborty and J. M. Harris

Editor's Pick: Recognition of Microbe- and Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns by Leucine-Rich Repeat Pattern Recognition Receptor Kinases Confers Salt Tolerance in Plants
E. P.-I. Loo, Y. Tajima, K. Yamada, S. Kido, T. Hirase, H. Ariga, T. Fujiwara, K. Tanaka, T. Taji, I. E. Somssich, J. E. Parker, and Y. Saijo

The Mechanosensitive Ion Channel MSL10 Modulates Susceptibility to Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis thaliana
D. Basu, J. M. Codjoe, K. M. Veley, and E. S. Haswell

Drought Stress Exacerbates Fungal Colonization and Endodermal Invasion and Dampens Defense Responses to Increase Dry Root Rot in Chickpea
V. Irulappan, M. Kandpal, K. Saini, A. Rai, A. Ranjan, S. Sinharoy, and M. Senthil-Kumar

High Salt Levels Reduced Dissimilarities in Root-Associated Microbiomes of Two Barley Genotypes
A. Kherfi-Nacer, Z. Yan, A. Bouherama, L. Schmitz, S. Ouled Amrane, C. Franken, M. Schneijderberg, X. Cheng, S. Amrani, R. Geurts, and T. Bisseling

Salt- and Osmo-Responsive Sensor Histidine Kinases Activate the Bradyrhizobium diazoefficiens General Stress Response to Initiate Functional Symbiosis
J. Wülser, C. Ernst, D. Vetsch, B. Emmenegger, A. Michel, S. Lutz, C. H. Ahrens, J. A. Vorholt, R. Ledermann, and H.-M. Fischer

Temporally Regulated Plant–Nematode Gene Networks Implicate Metabolic Pathways
S. Mishra, O. Salichs, and P. DiGennaro

Special Highlight: Cold Exposure Memory Reduces Pathogen Susceptibility in Arabidopsis Based on a Functional Plastid Peroxidase System
T. Griebel, D. Schütte, A. Ebert, H. H. Nguyen, and M. Baier

As our climate changes, the rapidity of the changes in temperature and carbon dioxide levels and the many planetary processes that they affect, altering weather patterns and soil salinity among others, make it imperative for us to investigate their effect on plant–microbe interactions. In addition to investigating the effects of each of these stresses singly, these changes prompt us to ask questions of increasing complexity. What happens to plant–microbe interactions in the presence of more than one environmental stress? In the natural world, plants associate with more than one microbe at a time—how does abiotic stress affect interactions within the microbial community to affect plant health? And most importantly, how can we translate this increased understanding of the interactions between plants, microbes, and the environment to the field?

​​— Jeanne Harris, Jacqueline Bede, and Kenichi Tsuda, guest editors

Download and read the articles here.

Jun 22
Call for Papers for the MPMI 2023 Focus Issue!

Submit your paper by September 9, 2022! Learn more about the scope of the MPMI 2023 Focus Issue on the Plant Endomembrane System in Molecular Plant–Microbe Interactions and submit your manuscript for consideration. Focus Issue Guest editors are H. Jin, E. Park, A. Wang, and D. Wang.

Mar 21
What Is the Molecular Basis of Nonhost Resistance?

The March MPMI Microgreens podcast presents an interview with Ralph Panstruga and Matthew Moscou on the MPMI journal's Top 10 Unanswered Questions in MPMI question #6. Find out the interesting way in which they reframe the question on the fly in this new episode.

Mar 21
Li-Jun Ma and Houlin Yu Featured in What's New in MPMI! Virtual Seminar

Watch Li-Jun Ma and Houlin Yu discuss their recent MPMI Editor's Pick paper, "Metatranscriptomic Comparison of Endophytic and Pathogenic Fusarium–Arabidopsis Interactions Reveals Plant Transcriptional Plasticity," and stay for the engaging Q&A session that follows.

Mar 21
Up Next—What's New in MPMI! Virtual Seminar Presents Pritha Ganguly

Listen to Pritha Ganguly discuss her MPMI​ Ed​itor's Pick paper, "The Natural Antisense Transcript DONE40 Derived from the lncRNA ENOD40 Locus Interacts with SET Domain Protein ASHR3 During Inception of Symbiosis in Arachis hypogaea," during the upcoming What's New in MPMI! Virtual Seminar on April 4, 2022, at 10 AM Central (11 AM Eastern).

Register for the free seminar today! If you can't attend live, you can visit this page to view the recording.

Mar 21
Submit Your Paper to the 2023 MPMI Focus Issue

MPMI Focus Issues are an excellent way for authors to participate in highly cited issues alongside the related work of their peers. Learn more about the scope of the MPMI 2023 Focus Issue on The Plant Endomembrane System in MPMI and plan to submit your manuscript by June 30, 2022.

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