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2023​ - ISSUE 3
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Issue 3 • 2023
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The IS-MPMI Election Committee is accepting nominations for President-Elect to join the IS-MPMI Board of Directors. Board member responsibilities include participating in monthly board video conferences, including congress meeting planning, fundraising, and communications to the membership. Board members also partner in new initiatives to support and cultivate diversity and inclusion within our IS-MPMI community. Nominations will be accepted through October 6, 2023.
 
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Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi has been named the new editor-in-chief of Interactions. Anjali is working with outgoing Interactions Editor-in-Chief Dennis Halterman as she transitions into her new role. Learn more about Anjali.
 
In May, we lost Dr. Michael Mishkind. In honor of Michael and his dedication to supporting the MPMI community, the IS-MPMI Board of Directors has established Michael Mishkind Travel Grants to support the travel of early-career researchers to IS-MPMI events.
 
The 20th IS-MPMI Congress was held in Providence, Rhode Island, on July 16–20, 2023. There were 762 attendees, representing 40 different countries, 33 plenary speakers and approximately 80 concurrent session speakers, awards, contests, new sessions, and more!
 
Guido Sessa (1964–2023)—A Pillar of Molecular Plant-Microbe Biology Research in Israel and Beyond
Professor Guido Sessa, plant-microbe biologist and former head of the School of Plant Sciences and Food Security, Tel Aviv University, died unexpectedly in July. Known for his research on the molecular basis of bacterial pathogenesis and plant immunity using multiple experimental systems, he was a respected colleague and cherished friend.
 
InterView with Dr. Simona Radutoiu
Alicia Camuel, Ph.D. student, Plant Health Institute of Montpellier, interviewed Simona Radutoiu, professor and group leader, University of Aarhus, Denmark, during breaks at the 2023 IS-MPMI Congress. The informal interview covered science and many other aspects of the life of a woman scientist, career choices, and building a personal life.
 
Introducing the H.H. Flor Distinguished Review in MPMI
Harold H. Flor’s gene-for-gene concept provided a new framework for how we think about plant–microbe interactions. Named in his honor, an H.H. Flor Distinguished Review is an invited review written by visionary scientists who have changed the way we think about an area of molecular plant–microbe interactions, providing both a historical perspective and a vision for where their respective field is moving.
 
Final Call for Papers! Submit Your Research on Effectors
Don't miss the chance to have your latest findings on effectors published in the open access MPMI Focus Issue "Effectors at the Interface of Plant–Microbe Interactions." Submissions are due by the end of September 2023.
 
Read the Newest MPMI Editor's Pick and Register for Upcoming Virtual Seminars
Discover the recently published MPMI Editor's Pick by Joshua MacCready et al., who used genomic and transcriptomic data to provide insights into how Phyllachora maydis invades corn. Plan to attend upcoming "What's New in MPMI!" online seminars highlighting trending MPMI papers. These virtual seminars are free to attend and open to anyone.
 
 
We are always looking for content for Interactions. Please contact Interactions Editor-in-Chief Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi with questions or article ideas.

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