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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Under-ground, over-ground – exploring trait diversity

The study and organisation of plants into groups based on their traits has arguably been a popular and important topic since Theophrastus attempted it in 300 BC. The continuing endeavours of plant trait ecologists, from the top of the canopy to the depths of the soil, were brought together at the 39th New Phytologist Symposium: Trait covariation – structural and functional rela...
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Special Issue: Plant developmental evolution

Exploring plant evo-devo: a new special issue New Phytologist 216:2 is a special issue. Plant developmental evolution draws together a selection of papers exploring the relatively young field of plant evo-devo, and is the result of the 37th New Phytologist Symposium – Plant developmental evolution, which was held in Beijing last year and attracted a wide array of researchers, ...
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Plant epigenetics: from mechanisms to ecological relevance

In a guest post for the New Phyt blog, winner of the 40th New Phytologist Symposium poster prize, Sofia van Moorsel, describes the highlights of the Symposium. Find out more about Sofia's poster here. The 40th New Phytologist Symposium on Plant epigenetics: from mechanisms to ecological relevance was held in Vienna from 12–15 September 2017. It started in a very promising wa...
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Growing strong: New Phytologist in 2016

2016 was a busy year for New Phytologist! The New Phytologist Trust reinvests all revenues from journal subscriptions in supporting plant science, via a variety of means. Here’s a brief round-up of the year’s highlights: Workshops and symposia In January, the 16th New Phytologist Workshop, ‘Dark diversity of co-occurring arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and host plants’, was held...
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From sea to summit: plant colonisation of the land

When plants moved from water onto land, everything changed. Nutrients were scavenged from rocks to form the earliest soils, atmospheric oxygen levels rose dramatically, and plants provided the food that enticed other organisms to expand across the terrestrial world. Building on the success of a meeting in 2010, the New Phytologist Trust organised a multidisciplinary symposiu...
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The evolution of plant evodevo research

Ask a biologist whether the chicken or the egg came first and you’ll probably be lectured on the basics of evolution, hearing how a not-quite-chicken laid an egg containing a mutant (the chicken) with advantageous developmental differences that were passed on to the next generation. This is a simplified example of evolutionary developmental biology (evodevo), the study of the e...
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