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 Editor; Dr Georgia Koerber 


Past Phytogen Editors: Adjunct Professor Tina Offler, Professor Helen Irving,

1995 – 2001 Dr Paul Kriedmann


ComBio2016 – Online registration and abstract submission is now open AND update of student awards and travel grants‏

Your membership is paid to [wpmlfield name=”paidtodate”] (year, month, day).   ComBio2016:  3 – 7 October 2016 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Abstract and Early Registration Deadline, Monday, 27 June 2016   Dear Past and Present Members   ComBio2016 inco
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ComBio2016 Awards

ASPS will make up to 5 awards for research presented as a poster by students at ComBio2016, depending on the number of posters. Each award will consist of recognition at the end of the conference and a prize of $200. Student members of ASPS may also apply in advance for a travel award
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Plasmodesmata in rice and Setaria: A comparison of symplastic transport mechanisms in C3 and C4 plants

Article by Florence Danila: Recipient of the ComBio 2015 ASPS Student Poster Prize A large majority of the human population depends on rice (Oryza sativa) for survival. Rice production needs to increase by 50% to support a higher demand for food forecasted over the next 35 years due t
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Article by JENNIFER PAYNE: Recipient of the ComBio 2015 ASPS Student Poster Prize Plants can’t run and and hide from their enemies. They are rooted to the spot and consequently have developed sophisticated defence mechanisms to shield them from potential invaders. Unlike animals
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Science Meets Parliament 2016

 By Professor Yong-Ling Ruan at The University of Newcastle On behalf of Australian Society of Plant Scientists, I joined Science Meets Parliament (SMP) on the 1st and 2nd of March, 2016 in Canberra. The SMP aims to provide scientists unique opportunities to build mutual understanding
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Leaf respiration in a warmer world is substantially lower than previously thought

By Sebastian Pfautsch ASPS Representative ‘Environment and Ecophysiology: Global Change’ Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University   Every year plants respire about 64 Gt CO2 back into the atmosphere. That is six times as much as released from burning fo
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Science meets Parliament 2016 report

by ASPS student member Hannah Osborn (@han_osb321) The sixteenth Science meets Parliament was held in Canberra last week, an event where over 200 scientists descend on Parliament House to learn about politics, policymaking and the media. I was fortunate enough to represent the Austral
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Plants in Action 2nd edition PDFs now available

Your current membership is paid to [wpmlfield name=”paidtodate”] (year, month, day). Dear ASPS members, Plants in Action 2nd edition is the on-line text book produced by the Australian and New Zealand societies of plant sciences freely available to users across the world.
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38th New Phytologist Symposium: Colonization of the terrestrial environment 2016

38th New Phytologist Symposium: Colonization of the terrestrial environment 2016 25-27 July 2016, Bristol, UK Travel grant submission deadline: Thursday 21st April 2016 Poster abstract submission deadline: Thursday 19th May 2016 The purpose of this symposium is to explore the contribu
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