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May 16
Share Your News and Views in IS-MPMI Interactions

IS-MPMI Interactions is always looking for ideas and submissions. Submitting to this publication is the best way to get news and articles out to your fellow members. Th​e deadline to submit items for the next issue is May 24.

May 16
​Membership Numbers Rise Leading up to IS-MPMI XVIII Congress

In the past few months, more than 600 new members have joined IS-MPMI! We want to send a big thank-you to everyone who has joined our society and to those who have renewed their memberships. As we head into the IS-MPMI XVIII Congress, our member count is up to 1,530. If you are a new member, visit our welcome site and learn about all the ways you can participate in the society. If you haven’t yet registered for the congress, register today and join us in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 14 to 18 for a week full of discovery! 

April 23
Magnaporthe oryzae Abp1, a MoArk1 Kinase-Interacting Actin Binding Protein, Links Actin Cytoskeleton Regulation to Growth, Endocytosis, and Pathogenesis

Lianwei Li and colleagues examine the fungal cell biology of Magnaporthe oryzae pathogenesis, demonstrating that Actin Binding Protein1 plays a central role, acting as a scaffold to physically connect actin patches with Actin Regulating Kinase1 and MoCAP1, thus linking actin assembly and endocytosis in a process essential to pathogenesis. 

March 25
Transcriptomic Analysis With the Progress of Symbiosis in ‘Crack-Entry’ Legume Arachis hypogaea Highlights Its Contrast With ‘Infection Thread’ Adapted Legumes

Karmarkar and colleagues present a careful, temporal analysis of the peanut nodule transcriptome. The highlight is the comparison of expression of known symbiotic genes in other legumes with those in Arachis. This important transcriptomic resource​ provides insight into the evolution of symbiotic nodule development and rhizobial infection via crack entry.

March 22
Check out the latest issue of IS-MPMI Interactions!
​Read an interview with Jeanne Harris, Editor-in-Chief of MPMI; MPMI VXIII Congress Concurrent Sessions; and more in the new issue!
March 18
 Interactions 2019 - Issue 1
MPMI Interactions Issue 4 - 2018
Interview with Jeanne Harris
Jeanne Harris, new editor-in-chief (EIC) of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (MPMI), looks forward to building on MPMI’s reputation as a leading journal by continuing to focus on key research questions while attracting new readership by expanding the scope to include more population genomics/comparative genomics.
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Check out the Concurrent Sessions you'll find at the VXIII Congress in Scotland! Plus registration for the congress is now open! Join us in Glasgow July 14-18, 2019
Martin B. (Marty) Dickman died December 2, 2018. IS-MPMI is keeping Marty's family in our thoughts during this difficult time.
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.
IS-MPMI Interactions is a benefit of your IS-MPMI membership. Thank you for your continued support!

IS-MPMI Interactions © 2019 International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
March 15
Interview with Jeanne Harris, Editor-in-Chief of MPMI

Harris.jpgJeanne Harris, new editor-in-chief (EIC) of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (MPMI), looks forward to building on MPMI’s reputation as a leading journal by continuing to focus on key research questions while attracting new readership by expanding the scope to include more population genomics/comparative genomics. She envisions a series of review articles that examine the effects of climate change on plant-microbe interactions and wants MPMI to engage more with junior scientists, who can raise awareness of the journal and increase its position within the community. In addition to her duties as EIC, Harris serves as an associate professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Vermont, where her research interests include plant-microbe interactions, signaling networks, and developmental genetics. She holds a PhD in cell biology from the University of California, San Francisco.

What is your vision for the journal and your board over the next 3 years?

Jeanne Harris: I’d like to build on MPMI’s reputation as the leading journal for high-quality research in the MPMI field, helping us to identify and focus on the major research questions, expanding our scope to include more population/comparative genomics, and continuing the very successful Distinguished Review article series that John McDowell started. 

The new MPMI board brings a geographic breadth and depth of expertise that will help us to attract, evaluate, and publish foundational research from colleagues around the world on key questions regarding the molecular interactions of plants and the many microbes, insects, and parasitic plants in their environment. Over the next 3 years, I’d like to have MPMI engage more with junior scientists, helping to increase awareness of the journal to maintain and strengthen its position in the research community, and to be a leader in the discussion of the big questions in our field.


What is the “Top 10 Questions in MPMI” campaign?

JH: The MPMI Editorial Board has planned a new interactive campaign to work with the scientific community on the “Top 10 Questions in MPMI.” The idea is to engage the community in a process of identifying the top 10 unanswered questions in MPMI. The result will be an editorial by the board reporting the results of this community discussion, followed by a series of Perspectives or Reviews on the questions over the course of a year. My goals are to engage the community in more of a dialogue with the journal and to draw the focus of the journal to the big research goals in the field. I also have plans to create a series of podcasts accompanying these perspectives to help showcase these unanswered questions: What is the background or context? Why are the questions so compelling? What do we know so far?

Why focus on these questions? 

JH: As scientists, we focus on trying to answer the big unanswered questions in our field. Journals naturally publish what has been figured out. As we chip away at these big questions, we publish pieces of it. How do we make people aware of the big unanswered questions that motivate this work? The goal is to make the journal MPMI a central place for the community to discuss and focus our attention on the big unanswered questions that motivate us and drive our research.

I think a focus on the unanswered questions is especially important for students and younger scientists, who may find it hard to identify the big questions amid a proliferation of journal articles. The editorial, Perspectives, and Reviews that will result from this community discussion should provide an important resource for students, post-docs, and junior faculty while helping to strengthen their familiarity with the journal MPMI and increase their connection to it.

What about John’s stewardship has made your transition to EIC more approachable?

JH: John’s leadership at MPMI has put the journal in an excellent position, attracting attention with a series of timely and fascinating focus issues while fostering a culture of research excellence and high ethical standards, as well as improving the experience for our submitting authors.  The Distinguished Review Article Series that John initiated, focusing on “Conceptual and Methodological Breakthroughs in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions,” started with a bang with an outstanding review by Dan Klessig and is a series I’m excited to continue. On a personal level, John’s mentorship has been hugely helpful as I take on the EIC role at MPMI, and I know I will continue to draw on his expertise and intuition.

March 15
​MPMI VXIII Congress Concurrent Sessions Announced

Concurrent Sessions and Co-Chairs

  1. Molecular Reco​gnition in Plant Immunity: I
    1. Bostjan Kobe – University of Queensland, Australia
    2. Frank Takken – University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Molecular Recognition in Plant Immunity: II
    1. Thomas Kroj – UMR, BGP, Montpellier, France 
    2. Cyril Zipfel – University of Zurich, Switzerland 
  3. Microbial Manipulation of the Host: I
    1. Gitta Coaker – University of California, Davis, U.S.A. 
    2. Suomeng Dong – Nanjing Agricultural University, China
  4. Microbial Manipulation of the Host: II
    1. Peter Dodds – CSIRO, Canberra, Australia 
    2. Renier van der Hoorn – University of Oxford, U.K. 
  5. Emerging and Re-Emerging Systems
    1. Diane Saunders – John Innes Centre, Norwich, U.K. 
    2. Nik Grunwald – Oregon State University, Corvallis, U.S.A. 
  6. Population Biology (Ecology, Genomics)
    1. Eva Stukenbrock – University of Kiel, Germany 
    2. Daniel Croll – University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  7. Apoplastic Interactions 
    1. Satoko Yoshida – NAIST, Ikomo, Japan 
    2. Guido van den Ackerveken – University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  8. The Roles of Extracellular Vesicles in Intercellular and Interkingdom Communication
    1. Hailing Jin – University of California, Riverside, U.S.A. 
    2. Roger Innes – Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A. 
  9. Cell Biology of Host–Microbe Interactions
    1. Silke Robatzek – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany 
    2. Christine Faulkner – John Innes Centre, Norwich, U.K.
  10. Symbiosis and Mutualism 
    1. Myriam Charpentier – John Innes Centre, Norwich, U.K.
    2. Katharina Markmann – University of Tübingen, Germany
  11. Comparative Mutualist and Pathogen Studies
    1. Sebastian Schornack –Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, U.K. 
    2. Simona Radutoiu – Aarhus University, Denmark
  12. How the Environment Impacts Microbial Infection
    1. Sheng Yang He – Michigan State University, East Lansing, U.S.A. 
    2. Zuhua He – Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Shanghai, China 
  13. Microbiome and Phytobiome: I
    1. Alga Zuccaro – Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany 
    2. Joy Bergelson – University of Chicago, U.S.A. 
  14. Microbiome and Phytobiome: II
    1. Jan Leach – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, U.S.A. 
    2. Soledad Sacristán – INIA, Madrid, Spain 
  15. Post-Translational Modifications and Their Control of Immunity
    1. Steven Spoel – University of Edinburgh, U.K.
    2. Piers Hemsley – University of Dundee, U.K. 
  16. Invertebrate (Nematode/Insect)–Plant Interactions
    1. Jorunn Bos – University of Dundee, U.K. 
    2. Sebastian Eves-van den Akker – University of Cambridge, U.K. 
  17. Systems Biology and Modelling 
    1. Kenichi Tsuda – Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany 
    2. Youssef Belkhadir – Gregor Mendel Institute, Vienna, Austria 
  18. The Role of Organelles and Interorganellular Communication in Plant Immunity
    1. Murray Grant – University of Warwick, U.K. 
    2. S. Dinesh-Kumar – University of California, Davis, U.S.A.
  19. Host–Microbe Co-Evolution
    1. Beat Keller – University of Zurich, Switzerland
    2. Detlef Weigel – International Max Planck Research School, Tübingen, Germany
  20. Long-Distance/Systemic Signalling
    1. Corina Vlot – German Research Center for Environmental Health, München, Germany 
    2. Jean Greenberg – University of Chicago, U.S.A. 
  21. Emerging Topics in Plant–Microbe Interactions
    1. Jeanne Harris (Editor in Chief of MPMI) – University of Vermont, Burlington, U.S.A.
    2. Tolga Bozkurt – Imperial College London, U.K. 

March 15
Check out the Updated Journals Site

​Upgraded and Modernized APS Journals Site Enhances Research Visibility 

MPMI received a digital makeover when the new APS Publications site went live on March 11. The updated site’s user-friendly design makes it easier than ever to access and read content. Articles are clearly presented and have in-line figures and tables, and adjacent sidebars include metrics data, literature-cited links, and more. The site’s scalable design means content will look great across all types of screens. The site is designed to increase visibility by adhering to Google Scholar best practices and Google indexability requirements, as well as those of other important indexing services, such as Web of Science, PubMed Central, and SCOPUS. Improved search functionality, including keyword mapping, also enhances discoverability. 

APS will continue to fine-tune the site in the coming months, and we invite authors and readers to explore it as we continue our work. We look forward to promoting MPMI’s excellent research advances more effectively on this updated platform.

Check out the new site!

March 15
Call for Papers! MPMI and Phytopathology Focus Issues

​Both Focus Issues Emphasize Plant Virology

Advances in plant virology have helped reduce the estimated $60 billion in annual crop losses caused by viruses. Given the importance of this research, both MPMI and Phytopathology will emphasize virological advances in their January 2020 focus issues. For the focus issue on “Cell Biology of Virus-Plant and Virus-Vector Interactions,” MPMI invites research and perspective articles that explore the cell biology of virus interactions, both with their plant hosts and their insect vectors. Articles highlighting translational research and fundamental understanding are welcome. Phytopathology invites research and review articles as well as resource announcements relating to “Fundamental Aspects of Plant Viruses.” 

Submit your research and be a part of these landmark focus issues! Please select the “Focus Issue” manuscript type when submitting. The article submission deadline is June 15, 2019. Learn more about the MPMI focus issue here.

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