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November 18
Meeting Recap: Attendees Discover Excellent Science and New Ideas at XVI Congress
​The XVI International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions was held in Rhodes Island, Greece, from Sunday, July 6, to Thursday, July 10, 2014. We are very pleased and privileged to have hosted one of the largest international congresses concerning plant diseases and molecular plant-microbe interactions organized in Greece and really grateful that top world scientists joined
us in Rhodes.
​Attendees network between sessions. Sophien Kamoun, president during
this year’s congress, gives remarks at the opening session.
Sophien Kamoun chats with students about social media and science.

For XVI IS-MPMI Congress 2014, the final turnout was 1,133 scientists from 55 countries worldwide. Seventeen countries were represented by more than 20 participants each: United States–165, Germany–160, United Kingdom–129, Japan–81, France–64, Republic of Korea–56, The Netherlands–54, Greece–44, Spain–40, Italy–35, China–34, Australia–30, Poland–28, Denmark–23, Israel–23, Switzerland–23, and Brazil–20.

 
The 10 institutions with the highest attendance were:
1. Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom–34
2. Max Planck Institute, Germany–34
3. Agricultural University of Athens, Greece–30
4. University of California, United States: Riverside–10; Davis–9; Berkeley–6
5. Wageningen University, The Netherlands–24
6. INRA, France–23
7. Utrecht University, The Netherlands–13
8. Seoul National University, Republic of Korea–12
9. John Innes Centre, United Kingdom–10
10. RIKEN Center, Japan–9
 
​Attendees exchange ideas during a busy poster session. The 2014 IS-MPMI Student Travel Awardees gather to network and learn from the top scientists in the MPMI field. Finding new connections and having a good time in Greece.
 
The scientific program started on Sunday afternoon, July 6, with the opening lecture entitled Signaling in Host-Pathogen Interactions, delivered by Fred Ausubel. Ausubel is a professor of genetics with the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and a molecular biologist with the Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital. Ausubel was also the awardee of the 2014 IS-MPMI Award.
The program continued with the first plenary session, followed the next few days by seven more plenary sessions for a total of 32 presentations. There were also 32 concurrent sessions covering a wide range of topics. For each concurrent session, oral presentations were made by two invited speakers as well as four presenters who were selected from those who submitted an abstract. So, 192 concurrent topics were presented.
 
More than 750 posters were displayed for poster sessions. The table below shows the number of posters presented in each topic area.
 
Microbial Pathogenesis...................................................................67
Large-Scale (OMICS) Approaches..................................................55
Biocontrol......................................................................................24
Epigenetics.......................................................................................7
Evolution and Ecology...................................................................22
Local - Systemic Resistance............................................................17
Diagnostics.....................................................................................21
Plant Hormones.............................................................................21
Commonalities Path/Symbionts.....................................................10
Neglected Systems............................................................................8
Effector Biology...........................................................................104
Plant Immunity............................................................................116
Plant Microbiome..........................................................................35
Toxins..............................................................................................2
Chemical Biology of Host Pathogen Interaction...............................6
Programmed Cell Death...................................................................9
Host-Virus Interactions....................................................................5
Induced Resistance - Priming.........................................................25
Biotechnology - Breakthrough Techs..............................................19
Novel Approaches to Disease Control.............................................12
Symbiosis.......................................................................................40
Cell Biology...................................................................................31
Signaling........................................................................................43
Secondary Metabolism...................................................................11
Apoplastic Defenses..........................................................................5
Recognition of Microbes................................................................37
 
​Sharing science during a lunch break. IS-MPMI members and nonmembers learned about the new IS-MPMI website and engaged with IS-MPMI staff. ​Scientists shared exciting new MPMI breakthroughs.
Poster Award winners were as follows.
M. Franceschetti (1), M.-E. Segretin (2,3), M. Pais (2), A. Chaparro-Garcia (2), J. I. Bos (2,4), M. J. Banfield (1), and S. Kamoun (2) for “Resurrecting potato R3a: Expanded response to Phytophthora effectors”; (1) Department of Biological Chemistry, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK; (2) The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK; (3) Instituto de Investigaciones en Ingenieria Genetica y Biologia Molecular, Buenos Aires, Argentina; (4) The James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK.
 
M. Marchetti (1), A. Juaneau (2), P. Remigi (1), D. Guetta (1), J. Batut (1), and C. Masson-Boivin (1) for “Experimental evolution of the plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum into a legume symbiont”; (1) CNRS/INRA, Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes (LIPM), Castanet-Tolosan, France; (2) CNRS, Federation de Recherches Agrobiosciences, Interactions, Biodiversity, Plateforme d’Imagerie TRI, Castanet-Tolosan, France.
 
E. Luna, R. Schwarzenbacher, P. Petriacq, J. Stassen, and J. Ton for “Signalling events downstream of β-amino butyric acid perception by IBI1”; Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, The University of Sheffield, UK.
 
E. Henry, N. Fung, G. Drakakaki, and G.Coaker for “Beyond glycolysis: GAPDHs are multi-functional enzymes involved in regulation of ROS, autophagy and plant immune responses”; University of California, Davis, USA.
 
J. K. Ishida (1,2), S. Yoshida (2), T. Watakake (1,2), H. Kasahara (2), E. Wafula (3), C. W. de Pamphilis (3), S. Namba (1), and K. Shirasu (2) for “Auxin biosynthesis mediated by the YUC3 flavin monooxygenase is essential for the haustorium development in the root parasitic plant Phtheirospermum japonicum”; (1) Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, (2) RIKEN Center of Sustainable Resource Science, Yokohama, Japan, (3) Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA.
Attendees hear MPMI research at a congress plenary session. ​The hallways were buzzing about exciting science during each break. Dozens of countries were represented
at this year’s congress.
 
We thank all scientists from every country of the world who honored the congress. We deeply thank all participants who were involved in this congress for their effort, commitment, and enthusiasm. We are particularly indebted to chairs of the plenary and concurrent sessions for their excellent work. We appreciate the positive comments received by several colleagues and apologize for any inconvenience caused during the running of the meeting due to unforeseen snags.
 
To view photographs from the event, visit the congress website (www.mpmi2014rhodes-hellas.gr). Please also note that the abstracts of the congress are free and available for everybody on the congress website.
 
See you in Portland, Oregon, United States, in August 2016.
 
Eris Tjamos
Chief Congress Organizer, IS-MPMI 2014
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