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).


2018 ASPS teaching award winner Dr Beth Loveys

It is with great pleasure that ASPS can announce that Dr Beth Loveys has been awarded the ASPS Teaching Award 2018 for her development, implementation and evaluation of innovative teaching practices in plant sciences.   Beth gained her PhD in plant ecophysiology under the supervi
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ASPS Travel Award Report Recipient Hones Presentation Skills at ComBio2017

By Viviana Rosati Thanks to an ASPS Travel Award, I was able to attend the ComBio2017 conference this October in Adelaide, South Australia. It was personally and professionally fulfilling not only to be attending, but presenting, at my very first ComBio. The conference is the main for
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41st New Phytologist Symposium: Plant sciences for the future

Registration now open! 41st New Phytologist Symposium: Plant sciences for the future 11–13 April 2018, Nancy, France The 41st New Phytologist Symposium will provide new insights into the evolutionary forces and molecular mechanisms that gover
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Science Meets Parliament 2017 – optimistic futures for plant scientists

By Dr Jayakumar Bose ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Waite Campus, University of Adelaide Science Meets Parliament is an annual event of Science and Technology Australia (STA)  bringing together 200 of Australia’s leading scientists and technologists to Canberra
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The different flavours of when Science meets Parliament

By Florian Busch from the Australian National University, Canberra, ACT During March 2017, parliament in Canberra became flooded with scientists of all kinds of flavours for two days as Science met Parliament in this annual event. This event aims at increasing the dialogue between pol
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Early career plant scientists! Your CV needs a Tansley Medal

  Calling all early career plant scientists! The New Phytologist Tansley Medal is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution to plant science by an early career researcher (student and post-doctoral researchers with up to five years’ experience since gaining/d
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Prestigious awards received by ASPS members

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to you to share some good news. Several of our esteemed colleagues and friends have received prestigious awards over the last few months. This includes Susanne von Caemmerer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London; John Evans was elected a Cor
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The impact of drought on Australian pulse crops

ASPS poster award winner Michael Dodt tells a story about his success at COMBIO 2016 My PhD research has focussed on improving our understanding of the impact that drought stress has on Australian pulse crops. My research mainly revolves around four areas of study: photosynthetic resp
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Sambasivam Periyannan – 2016 ASPS Peter Goldacre Award recipient shares his story of success

SECURING GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION BY RAPID ISOLATION OF WHEAT RUST DISEASE RESISTANCE GENES Born and raised among the tropical plants on a small farm in Southern India, I never dreamed of becoming a researcher instead of a farmer. With a Master’s in Plant Pathology and a short exposure
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