Phytogen Blog

ASPS publishes a society newsletter, Phytogen, in order to reach our own members plus general readers with an interest in developments in Australian plant science. Phytogen is thus a vehicle for communicating new ideas, recent professional experiences, and forthcoming events. Routine items include: invitations to submit applications for Society awards that identify outstanding researchers, nominations for election of Corresponding members overseas, nominations for RN Robertson and JG Wood lectures, advance notice of plant science meetings and of course, reminders to renew subscriptions! Phytogen is published in electronic format as a blog, and is also summarised 2-3 times per year in a PDF and email newsletter format.  For content submissions contact Dr Janet Wheeler


Past Phytogen Editors: Dr Paul Kriedmann (1995-2001), Professor Helen Irving (2001-2013),  , Dr Gonzalo Estavillo, Adjunct Professor Tina Offler, Dr Christopher Cazzonelli (2013-2019), Georgia Koerber (2019-2023).



PLANT NUTRITION TRUST REPORT by David Minemba University of Western Australia Introduction As recipient of The Plant Nutrition Trust Award, I visited LSU AgCenter and its Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase, Manroe. It also coincided with the Annual International Meeting of America
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Plant Nutrition for Global Green Growth

PLANT NUTRITION TRUST REPORT by Cui Li I am honoured to be one of the recipients of The 2017 Plant Nutrition Trust Award, granted by Australian Society of Plant Scientists. Thanks to this generous support, I attended my very first International Plant Nutrition Colloquium (IPNC), combi
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Roots Mattered at the IPG Root Biology Symposium

PLANT NUTRITION TRUST REPORT by Olivia Cousins Attending the IPG Root Biology Symposium in Missouri was a highlight of my year. I presented a poster, summarised the findings from my first big experiment, focusing on root responses to variable water and nitrogen supply. Being at my fir
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A nutritional view into the 5th International Conference on Selenium in the Environment and Human Health

PLANT NUTRITION TRUST REPORT by Chandnee Ramkissoon My name is Chandnee Ramkissoon and I am a 2ndyear PhD student in soil sciences at the University of Adelaide. I am currently working on a selenium biofortification project, which looks at the optimisation of commercial fertiliser for
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Managing Global Resources For A Secure Future with help from the Plant Nutrition Trust Award

Submitted by: Arjun Pandey PhD Candidate , School of Agriculture and Food  The University of Melbourne 1. Tri-society conference in Tampa, Florida The American tri-society conference, “Managing Global Resources For A Secure Future”, jointly organised by Soil Science Society of America
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ASPS 2018 Peter Goldacre and inaugural Jan Anderson Award winners

Dear All,   It is our pleasure to announce two major ASPS awards – the 2018 Peter Goldacre Award and the inaugural Jan Anderson Award.   These are the premier research awards from ASPS in a calendar year. The Peter Goldacre award is awarded for research contributions for ECR
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The ‘sweet spot’ in plant-microbe symbiotic relationships

BY JONATHON PLETT 2017 GOLDACRE MEDAL WINNER   Growing up in the countryside of Ontario, Canada, Jonathan Plett was exposed to plants and planted environments from a very early age.  While a love for agriculture and ‘useful’ plants would come to fruition in his research career, J
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Congratulations to ASPS member Graham Farquhar 2018 senior Australian

  Graham Farquhar – Senior Australian 2018 Graham started 2018 with yet another award on Australia Day – Senior Australian for 2018. For those of you unfamiliar with Graham, he has previously won the Prime Minister’s prize for Science in 2015, the Macfarlane Burnett medal from th
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Crop Simulation Software Helps to Find Better Crops

Plant researchers have developed an online application that predicts how crop growth is affected by photosynthetic changes at the molecular, cellular or leaf level of plants. Food production depends on photosynthesis, the process by which plants capture sunlight and convert it into pl
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