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2023​ - ISSUE 4
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Issue 4 • 2023
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Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions is seeking applicants for two-year "assistant feature editor" positions to be filled by postdoctoral scientists. Assistant feature editors have the opportunity to be part of a journal editorial team, see the inner workings of the MPMI journal, develop a unique science communication project, and interact with the diverse MPMI scientific community.
 
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Pritha Kundu, postdoctoral fellow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, interviewed IS-MPMI President Adam Bogdanove, professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University, about his research and career.
 
Siva Sankari, assistant investigator, Stowers Institute, and MPMI assistant feature editor, interviewed Cara Haney, associate professor, University of Pittsburgh, and 2023 IS-MPMI Early Career Achievement Award winner, about her research.
 
Eilyn Mena, scientist, Clemente Estable Biological Research Institute of Montevideo, interviewed Xiufang Xin, research group leader, Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences/Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, and IS-MPMI Early Career Achievement Award winner, about her work and experience in plant–pathogen interactions.
 
Micro… Greens? What Is Microgreens?
Dr. Tiff Mak, postdoctoral researcher, NNF Center for Biosustainability at DTU, and Dr. Dominique Holtappels, postdoctoral researcher, University of California, Berkeley, are the new hosts of the Microgreens podcast! Learn about Microgreens and what Mak and Holtappels have planned for upcoming episodes.
 
Conception of a Quiz-Based Gameshow, "Who Wants to Be an (MPMI)llionaire?," at the 2023 IS-MPMI Congress
The quiz-based gameshow "Who wants to be an (MPMI)llionaire" held at the 2023 IS-MPMI Congress was a huge success. Learn about how it originated and was organized by Meenu Singla, postdoctoral associate, Innes lab, University of Indiana.
 
InterConnections: Get to Know Mohamed Hafez
Learn about Mohamed Hafez, coauthor of the research paper "Evolution of the ToxB Gene in Pyrenophora tritici-repentis and Related Species" recently published in MPMI, and the work that has provided novel insights into ToxB, its homologs, and its evolution.
 
Research Highlight: Evolution of the ToxB Gene in Pyrenophora tritici-repentis and Related Species
Reem Aboukhaddour, Cereal Pathology Lab, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB, discusses the pivotal question of how Pyrenophora tritici-repentis, the cause of tan spot of wheat, became pathogenic and how the inquiry aligns with the ongoing exploration of the emergence of necrotrophic diseases.
 
What Does It Mean to Practice Inclusion in Science?
In a new episode of Microgreens, Dr. Tiff Mak and Dr. Dominique Holtappels interview Dr. Amie Fornah Sankoh, who shares her journey to becoming the first deaf, black woman to receive a doctorate in a STEM discipline in the United States.
 
Explore three new MPMI Virtual Seminars presented by Hasna Boubakri, Hyelim Jeon and Cécile Segonzac, and Sajjan Grover.
 
Discover the latest MPMI Editor's Picks by Zhide Tang and colleagues on the role of O-antigen in rhizobium–legume symbiosis and by Eeva Marttinen and colleagues, who screened part of the Physcomitrium patens mutant collection to elucidate the pathway of peroxidase activity in response to chitosan treatment.

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