Plant interactions with other organisms: molecules, ecology and evolution

Thank you!

Thanks to all of our symposium organisers, speakers and delegates who helped to make the 32nd NPS such a great success.


A Special Issue (Vol. 204 No. 2) of New Phytologist entitled ‘Plants interacting with other organisms’ has been published online. The full table of contents can be found here: The Special Issue is introduced by an Editorial from the symposium organisers Amy Austin and Carlos Ballaré entitled Plant interactions with other organisms: molecules, ecology and evolution. The Editorial can be read in full for free here:


Group photo of delegates of the 32nd New Phytologist Symposium


There are more photos from the symposium on the dedicated symposium website as well as on the New Phytologist Facebook page (no sign-up required).


*The final abstract book for the 32nd New Phytologist can be downloaded by clicking here*


Student poster prize winners


32nd New Phytologist Symposium student poster prize winners


Congratulations to the two joint poster prize winners:


Luis Ignacio Pérez (IFEVA - Universidad de Buenos Aires - CONICET, Argentina), P41, ‘Symbiosis with systemic fungal endophyte promotes the escape of Lolium multiflorum from vector-borne disease.’ (Wednesday poster session)


Serena Thomson (University of Warwick, UK), P96, ‘Understanding the spatial distribution of soil microorganisms across the landscape, under changing land use management.’ (Thursday poster session)


Five equal runner-up poster prizes were awarded to:


Ruth Campe (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), P4, ‘The ABC-transporter PEN3 interacts with calmodulin’ [click here for photo]


Kiran Gadhave (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK), P11, ‘Interactions between plant growth promoting Bacillus and foliar feeding insects’ [click here for photo]


Mickaël Gaillard (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland), P12 ‘Non-specialized insect pests benefit from maize domestication’


Laura Martínez (IFEVA - Universidad de Buenos Aires - CONICET, Argentina), P86, ‘The interaction between plant species and environmental stoichiometry shapes extracellular enzyme activity in a nutrient addition experiment in Patagonia, Argentina’


Hao Xu (University of Alberta, Canada), P70, ‘An aquaporin from ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor contributes to root water transport of Picea glauca.


Grants awarded

The following students and early career post-docs were awarded New Phytologist Symposium grants:



Caitlin Burns

University of Warwick, UK

Nicolas Cecchini

The University of Chicago, USA

Tamara Corcobado

University of Extremadura, Spain

Lucas Daurelio

IBR-CONICET, Argentina

Ivan Fernandez -Lopez

Estación Experimental del Zaidín, Spain

Kiran Gadhave

Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Mickael Gaillard

University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Benjamin Gourion

ISV-CNRS, France

Carolin Heck

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Mary Jamieson

University of Wisconsin, USA

Mercedes Keller

IFEVA - Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ivana Kraiselburd

IBR, Argentina

Daniel Maag

University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Ian Major

Michigan State University, USA

Javier Moreno

Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina

Marina Nadal

University of Cambridge, UK

Gerardo Nunez

University of Florida, USA

Bridget Piculell

University of Mississippi, USA

Carolina Quintero

CONICET-INIBIOMA, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina

Megan Rua

University of Mississippi, USA

Klaus Schlaeppi

Agroscope, Switzerland

Kaori Tanaka

Okayama University, Japan

Madlen Vetter

University of Chicago, USA

Lauren Waller

University of Montana, USA



Symposium Scope

The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers working in a wide range of disciplines in plant biology, ecology and evolution in the field of plant interactions with other organisms. The central objective is to discuss and integrate information from different approaches and perspectives in order to create a synthetic framework for understanding these interactions. Our hope is to have a diverse and dynamic group of scientists, who are willing to step out of their disciplinary comfort zone and engage in an effort to participate in discussions spanning the range from molecular approaches to ecosystem implications.



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32nd NPS Flyer (pdf)

32nd NPS Poster (pdf)

32nd NPS slide (ppt)

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