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.
Also in this issue...
University of California-Davis distinguished professor and IS-MPMI member Dr. Pam Ronald has been awarded the 2022 International Wolf Prize in Agriculture "for pioneering work on disease resistance and environmental stress tolerance in rice." The Wolf Prize is awarded for achievements in the interest of humankind and friendly relations among people.
Pyrenophora tritici-repentis causes tan spot, an important foliar disease of wheat worldwide. This fungal pathogen produces three necrotrophic effectors (Ptr ToxA, Ptr ToxB, and Ptr ToxC) to induce necrosis or chlorosis in wheat. Here, Gongjun Shi and colleagues report the genetic mapping, molecular cloning, and functional analysis of the fungal gene (ToxC1) required for Ptr ToxC production.
Senior graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to present their MPMI research at the new Early Career Showcase. The showcase will take place online June 8–9 and September 20–21 and is free to all IS-MPMI members. Nominate yourself, a colleague, or a student before March 31.
What Is the Molecular Basis of Nonhost Resistance?
Find out the interesting way Ralph Panstruga and Matthew Moscou reframe the #6 Top 10 Unanswered Question in MPMI during the March MPMI Microgreens podcast.
Li-Jun Ma and Houlin Yu discuss their MPMI Editor's Pick paper, "Metatranscriptomic Comparison of Endophytic and Pathogenic Fusarium–Arabidopsis Interactions Reveals Plant Transcriptional Plasticity," in the latest What's New in MPMI! Virtual Seminar.
Pritha Ganguly will discuss her recent MPMI Editor'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. Register today!
The theme of the 2023 MPMI Focus Issue is The Plant Endomembrane System in MPMI. Learn more about the scope of the Focus Issue and plan to submit your manuscript by June 30, 2022.
Abstracts from the December 1–2 eSymposia Series ePoster presentations are now available in the December 2021 issue of MPMI. This is a great opportunity to learn about the emerging science presented at the 2021 IS-MPMI online meeting.
New MPMI Editor's Pick Announced!
Learn about new evidence revealing variability in the epitope regions of bacterial flagellin, including regions harboring the microbe-associated molecular patterns flg22 and flgII-28 that are recognized by pattern recognition receptors. Maria Malvino and colleagues discuss the "Influence of Flagellin Polymorphisms, Gene Regulation, and Responsive Memory on the Motility of Xanthomonas Species That Cause Bacterial Spot Disease of Solanaceous Plants."
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