Events for 2020

Since 1995, The New Phytologist Trust's symposia series has been held in different countries across the globe, focusing on emerging and key areas of plant science research. In 2019, we held symposia in Ghana and Zurich and our very first Plants, People, Planet symposium in the beautiful surroundings of Kew Gardens. This year, we are travelling to Campinas-SP, Brazil, in July t...
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The ecology, evolution, and genetics of plant reproductive systems

The study of plant reproductive systems provides crucial insights into ecological interactions and the process of evolutionary change. Reproductive success is closely allied to overall fitness, and understanding the mechanisms and drivers of reproductive fitness can help us understand the causes and consequences of the remarkable diversity of plant reproductive strategies. ...
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Prof. Sir David Smith (1930–2018)

Professor Sir David Smith (1930–2018) It is with sadness that we note the death of Professor Sir David Smith FRS FRSE FLS on 29th June 2018. Sir David was a former Editor-in-Chief (Executive Editor) and Trustee of New Phytologist. David Smith joined the editorial board in 1965, and shortly afterwards became Executive Editor (Editor-in-Chief), a position he held for 17 years. ...
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Fungi matter: State of the World’s Fungi 2018

Today sees the release of the State of the World’s Fungi 2018. This is the third report from the ambitious and far reaching State of the World’s Plants and Fungi project led by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, supported by the Sfumato Foundation. The project aims to assess our knowledge of the diversity of plants and fungi on Earth, the challenges and threats they ...
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Feeling the (pollen tube) force

If you think about a pollen grain that, after all of that bee-hitchhiking, has landed on the sweet stigma of the right flower, you might think that it has finally arrived. But from the pollen grain’s point of view its active struggle has just started – it now has to penetrate through the stigma tissue to localise and fertilise the ovule. Most of the research carried out on thi...
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The flora and fauna of Magdalen College

In a guest post for the New Phyt blog, Sandy Hetherington introduces a new exhibition, 'The Flora and Fauna of Magdalen College' currently on display in Magdalen College, Oxford, UK, which celebrates the links between Magdalen College and New Phytologist. The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate both the zoological and botanical history of the College. The fauna side of the...
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Plants, people, pub quizzes – the Plant Environmental Physiology Group Early Career Symposium

In a joint guest post for the New Phyt blog, Sarah Carroll and Alison Tidy report on the recent Plant Environmental Physiology Group Early Career Scientist Symposium, sponsored by Plants, People, Planet. Sarah and Alison won the prizes for Best Poster and Best Talk, respectively. Congratulations Sarah and Alison! A group of eager early career plant physiologists descended upon...
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Stella Cesari: 2017 New Phytologist Tansley Medal winner

Issue 219:1 of New Phytologist features the work of the 2017 Tansley Medal winner Stella Cesari and her fellow finalists. The New Phytologist Tansley Medal is awarded each year to an early career scientist (or scientists) in recognition of their contribution to research in plant science. It is always a great pleasure to work on the issue that features the Tansley Medal insights...
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Celebrating 100 posts

I recently published the 100th post on this blog and, I must admit, it crept up on me. It doesn't feel as though much time has passed since I published the very first post, but that was all the way back in February 2016. Much like the riotous vegetation that crowds the canal towpath on my cycle route to work at this time of year, the blog has grown with considerable vigour. It'...
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A week in publishing

Last June, I was fortunate enough to attend the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School, where I heard from a host of academics and was delighted to find that botany could be a springboard to another career. Professor Alistair Hetherington (Editor in Chief of New Phytologist and holder of the Melville Wills Chair in Botany) and Dr Kerry Franklin (Reader in plant environmental signal...
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