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 georgia.koerber@adelaide.edu.au or Co-Editor; Dr Chris Cazzonelli c.cazzonelli@uws.edu.au

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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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 https://www.newphytologist.org/symposia/41 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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