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July 18
MPMI Journal Announces Article Fee Reductions for IS-MPMI Member Authors

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​Beginning this month, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (MPMI) will significantly reduce the fees paid by IS-MPMI and APS members who publish in the journal. 

“This will further strengthen MPMI as a member journal of both IS-MPMI and APS,” said Nik Grunwald, chair of the APS publications board. “Members of both societies already receive member discounts on personal subscriptions to MPMI and we’re happy we can acknowledge the importance of members who publish here.” This effort was initiated by MPMI editor-in-chief Jeanne Harris’s work with the APS publications board after discussions with the IS-MPMI board.

Article fees and subscriptions help offset the costs to publish and support some of the major improvements to MPMI, such as the recent site upgrade. “APS is always looking for ways to improve the functionality of our journal platform,” according to Grunwald. 

Cost of a 12-page Paper with 5 Color Figures*

  • Before June 1, 2019: $2,360 (All authors)
  • After June 1, 2019: $1,080 (IS-MPMI Members)
*12-page paper example includes three color figures in print and five total color figures online.

  
July 18
InterStellar: ​Sharon Long receives National Academy of Sciences Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology
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The National Academy of Sciences recently honored Sharon Long, Stanford University, by awarding her the 2019 Selman A. Waksman Award​, which recognizes a major advance in the field of Microbiology. This award honors Sharon Long’s tremendous contributions to our understanding of the symbiotic interactions that lead to nitrogen-fixing legume root nodules. Her extensive body of work has moved the field of plant-microbe interactions forward, revealing a nuanced molecular dialogue between rhizobia and host that allow the bacteria to penetrate not only the root, but also root cells, where the metabolism of the two hosts becomes intertwined, resulting in a nutritional symbiosis.

In addition to consistently identifying and articulating core questions, Sharon leads by example, building a strong lab group, fostering a rigorous and collaborative environment that stimulates creativity and encourages development of a critical eye, holding herself to the highest ethical standards, and writing papers that clearly display the logic and reasoning behind the experiments. Sharon has been an outstanding mentor and advisor and a wonderful colleague. Congratulations, Sharon!

July 12
​InterStellar: Maria Harrison Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Maria Harrison, William H. Crocker Professor at Boyce Thompson Institute, Adjunct Professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) at Cornell University, and IS-MPMI member, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

July 12
Introducing Microgreens, the New MPMI Journal Podcast

Raka Mitra, Carleton College, is hosting and producing Microgreens, the official MPMI journal podcast. Learn more in her introductory podcast, and follow @MPMIMicrogreens ​on Twitter for the latest updates.

July 09
Homologs of Caenorhabditis elegans Chemosensory Genes Have Roles in Behavior and Chemotaxis in the Root-Knot Nematode Meloidogyne incognita

Shivakumara and colleagues use knowledge of C. elegans chemosensation to identify four genes in the parasitic nematode, Meloidogyne incognita, that are induced in infectious larvae and expressed in chemosensory neurons. Knockdown experiments show that these genes are required for chemotaxis towards root exudate and for infection of the plant host.




June 14
New Issue of Interactions Now Online!

Get updates on the 2019 travel awardees, news on MPMI, member spotlight articles and more in the latest issue! Read now.

June 11
IS-MPMI Interactions - Issue 2, 2019
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MPMI Interactions Issue 2 - 2019
IS-MPMI XVIII Congress
Ko Shimamoto Congress Travel Awardees have been selected. Congratulations to the 70 awardees from the United States and around the world who received funding to attend the IS-MPMI XVIII Congress in Glasgow!
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The Agropolis Foundation Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize is awarded every 2 years and recognizes individuals for their “exemplary and promising contribution in promoting innovation through research, development and/or capacity building, in order to improve food and agricultural systems sustainability, as well as to address food security and poverty reduction.” 
 
Maria Harrison, William H. Crocker Professor at Boyce Thompson Institute, Adjunct Professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) at Cornell University, and IS-MPMI member, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
 
The National Academy of Sciences recently honored Sharon Long, Stanford University, with the 2019 Selman A. Waksman Award, which recognizes a major advance in the field of microbiology. This award honors Sharon Long’s tremendous contributions to our understanding of the symbiotic interactions that lead to nitrogen-fixing legume root nodules.
 
May was Mental Health Awareness Month, so it's fitting that this issue of Interactions includes an article by UNC-Chapel Hill PhD candidate Susanna Harris that captures the struggles some student trainees have in the lab. The article is aimed primarily at principal investigators and provides valuable suggestions to help support a mentally healthy work environment.
 
The MPMI journal editorial board has planned a new way to engage our community with the "Top 10 Questions in MPMI." The idea is to brainstorm as a community to identify the top 10 unanswered questions in MPMI. As we come together in Glasgow next month at the IC-MPMI to share ideas and findings, it makes sense to take advantage of the diversity of people and research subjects to identify and focus these questions. Join the conversation!
 
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We are always looking for content for Interactions. This issue contains examples of the types of pieces you will continue to see going forward. Members with questions or ideas should contact Interactions Editor-in-Chief Dennis Halterman.
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June 11
Congratulations to the 2019 IS-MPMI Travel Awardees!

Congratulations to the 2019 Ko Shimamoto Congress Travel Awardees. These awards are funded by the USDA-NIFA and NSF Plant Biotic Interactions Program (applications submitted by Roger Innes), and by funds generated from previous IS-MPMI conferences. This year, 385 applications were received for travel to the 2019 IS-MPMI Congress in Glasgow, Scotland.  The USDA and NSF funding will be used to supplement travel costs for 30 attendees coming from the U.S. The IS-MPMI funds will support an additional 40 awards for non-U.S. scientists.

The award committee volunteers (President-Elect Mary Beth Mudgett, Treasurer Roger Innes, Travel Award Executive Wenbo Ma, and Interactions EIC Dennis Halterman) first ranked abstracts by topic area using input from special session chairs and then prioritized awards based on research topics, geography, and quality, to maximize the diversity of science being supported. The group of this year’s awardees represents 26 countries and comprises 42 graduate students, 23 postdocs, and 5 early-career professionals. Congratulations to all awardees! We look forward to learning more about your research in Glasgow.

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  • ​​Andrew Armitage, NIAB EMR
  • Korey Brownstein, The University of Chicago
  • Maria del Pilar Caro, INSIBIO-CONICET-UNT
  • Claudia Alejandra Castro, University of California, Riverside
  • Bardo A. Castro Esparza, University of California, Davis
  • Nuri Charoennit, National University of Singapore
  • Nicholas R. Colaianni, UNC Chapel Hill Biology
  • Khondoker M. G. Dastogeer, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Sophie De Vries, Dalhousie University
  • Sohini Deb, CSIR- Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Zoe Dubrow, Cornell University
  • Anne Duncan, Stanford University
  • Citlali Fonseca, Instituto de Biotecnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Andrew D. Gloss, University of Chicago
  • Michael R. Gomez, University of California, Berkeley
  • Laís M. Granato, Centro de Citricultura Sylvio Moreira/Instituto Agronômico
  • Corri Hamilton, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Susanna Harris, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Janine Haueisen, Environmental Genomics CAU Kiel & MPI Plön
  • Tyler Helmann, University of California Berkeley
  • Ariel Herrera-Vásquez, Universidad Andrés Bello
  • Yiheng Hu, Australian National University
  • Alejandra I. Huerta, Colorado State University
  • Amit K. Jaiswal, Purdue University
  • Martin Janda, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague
  • Seongbeom Kim, Seoul National University
  • Seomun Kwon, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Bradley Laflamme, University of Toronto
  • Asaf Levy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Feng Li, University of Minnesota
  • Federica Locci, ​Sapienza University
  • Kamal Kumar Malukani, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Bethan Manley, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Rose Tafadzwa Masekesa, University of Zimbabwe
  • Mamoru Matsumura, Nagoya University
  • Diana Carolina Mazo Molina, Cornell University
  • Mame Diarra Mbengue, INRA
  • Kathryn McIntyre, Colorado State University
  • Hannah M. McMillan, Duke University
  • Amanda G. McRae, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bharat Kumar Mishra, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Maria A. Morel, IIBCE
  • Jason Ng, The Australian National University
  • Ntombikayise Precious Nkomo, University of Pretoria
  • Bridget O'Banion, University of Tennessee
  • Juan C. Ochoa, Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Science
  • Zigmunds Orlovskis, University of Lausanne
  • Arturo Ortega, University of California Berkeley
  • Lorena B. Parra, UC Davis- Genome center
  • Christopher Peritore-Galve, Cornell University
  • Sarah E. Pottinger, Indiana University
  • Sivasubramanian Rajarammohan, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute
  • Mélanie K. Rich, LRSV UMR5546 CNRS/Université de Toulouse III
  • Edward C. Rojas, University of Copenhagen
  • Jose Rufian, Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology
  • Mugdha Sabale, University of Cordoba
  • Carol-Ann Crystal Segal, University of Pretoria
  • Adam Todd Seroka, Michigan State University
  • Lin-Jie Shu, Technical University of Munich
  • Meenu Singla Rastogi, IBENS
  • Guy Sobol, Tel Aviv University
  • DeQuantarius J. Speed, University of Chicago
  • Yi-Chang Sung, Research School of Biology, The Australia National University
  • Katalin Toth, University of Missouri
  • Stephanie Van Wyk, University of Pretoria
  • Valeria Velasquez-Zapata, Iowa State University
  • Jaap-Jan Willig, WUR
  • Silvia F. Zanini, University of Giessen, JLU
  • Jeysika Zayas-Rivera, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Yi Zhai, UC Riverside


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June 11
InterStellar: ​Jan Leach Receives Agropolis Foundation Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food

Jan Leach, Colorado State University (CSU), received the Agropolis Foundation Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food​ in the category “Distinguished Scientist.” She received the award in Montpelier, France, during the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry in May. The Agropolis Foundation Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize is awarded every 2 years and recognizes individuals for their “exemplary and promising contribution in promoting innovation through research, development and/or capacity building, in order to improve food and agricultural systems sustainability, as well as to address food security and poverty reduction.” As the associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU, Leach works with plant pathogens and insect pests and has focused on stabilizing disease resistance in rice to reduce losses, particularly in the developing world. Leach served as President of IS-MPMI from 1999-2001.


June 11
InterStellar: ​Maria Harrison Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

harrison.jpgMaria Harrison, William H. Crocker Professor at Boyce Thompson Institute, Adjunct Professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) at Cornell University, and IS-MPMI member, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Harrison is one of 100 new members announced on April 30. The organization recognizes her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research in plant science.

At BTI, researchers in Harrison’s lab study the mechanisms by which flowering plants exchange nutrients with symbiotic soil fungi, which could eventually help reduce the use of fertilizer in agriculture.

Because much of the phosphorus in soil is poorly soluble and therefore unavailable to plants, farmers need to supply this nutrient via fertilizer, which is costly to both the farmer and the environment. Harrison’s lab studies the symbiotic association of plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, in which the plant trades carbon for phosphorus from the fungi. Understanding the mechanisms of this exchange could help plant breeders generate strains of crops optimized to obtain phosphorus via the fungi, which could ultimately reduce phosphorus fertilizer usage.

“It is a tremendous honor to be elected to the National Academy, and I give much of the credit to the Harrison lab postdocs, students and research assistants, past and present, who have contributed to our research on arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis,” said Harrison. “Many thanks to everyone at BTI for their daily support and for making BTI an exciting place to work, and to colleagues within the Institute, Cornell SIPS and more broadly on the Cornell campus who together generate a vibrant research community that enables discovery.”

Harrison earned her doctorate in biochemistry and applied molecular biology from the University of Manchester in 1987. She then joined the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as a postdoctoral researcher and later as a staff scientist, and was also an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University prior to coming aboard at BTI in 2003.

Her successful scientific program and influential research publications earned her the honor of being included by Thomson Reuters in its list of 2016’s most highly cited researchers. Harrison is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012) and the American Academy for Microbiology (2013). She also received the Dennis R. Hoagland Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists from 2015-2018, and the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring award in 2015.

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