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).


Characterisation of the low affinity ammonium transporters in maize

by Wending Li ASPS Travel Awards Recipients for ComBio2015 PhD candidate, Centre for Carbon, Water and Food, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney My research focuses on understanding ammonium transport in maize. In agricultural plant production, nitrogen fe
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THINKING BIG – A Report from an ASPS Travel Award Recipient

By Dr. Zhengyu (Allen) Wen Postdoctoral Research Fellow,  Centre for Carbon,  Water and Food, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment,  School of Life and Environmental Sciences,  The University of Sydney ComBio 2015 was well above my expectation. As a plant physiologist interesting in
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Plant Development Discipline Report

by Dr. Matthew Tucker ARC Future Fellow at The University of Adelaide   It’s been a busy start to the year in terms of conferences and workshops relevant to plant research. The bi-annual Plant Reproduction meeting was held from the 18th to 23rd of March at the University of Arizo
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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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