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Vote for your favorite plant pathogenic fungus

Molecular Plant Pathology (twitter: MPPjournal) is engaging the community to vote for their favorite plant pathogenic fungus. Below is info requesting your vote.

As a member of the MPP community we would like you to take part in a fun but informative vote.

We aim to publish a Review detailing the top 10 plant pathogenic fungi worldwide, and we need your help.

Please could you list 3 fungi you feel should be in the top 10.
There is no need to rank them. Please state after the name whether it is for
scientific impact (SI) or economic impact (EI).

An example might be…

Magnaporthe grisea (SI/EI)
Melampsora lini (SI)
Botrytis cinerea (EI)

We will rank all the entries to compile a list. We will then find authors to write a short piece (1/2 page or so) on each one, introducing the pathogen and explaining its importance. This Review will be published in MPP for people to use, comment upon and discuss.

We hope you will take part, it will only take a few seconds of your time.

Please send your vote to diane.hird[AT]bristol.ac.uk by 11th February at the latest.

Feel free to pass on this email to any colleagues or co-workers as the more votes we get the better. Many thanks

Best wishes
Diane

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Dr Diane Hird
Journal Administrator
Molecular Plant Pathology
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol
Woodland Road
Bristol, BS8 1UG, UK

Tel/Fax: +44 (0)117 331 7021
Email: diane.hird[AT]bristol.ac.uk

Fungal conferences abstract wordle

I am preparing to read through the abstracts submitted for the 26th Fungal Genetics Conference in choosing talks for my session and I wondered if there were any changing trends in the topics over the years. While I won’t put up the Wordle for this year’s abstracts till the booklet is published, I thought I’d see how the topics trended in the last few years for some of these meetings. Will be fun to do this for a few more years back to see whether real trends emerge.

The data is a little cleaned up but the text included institution and individual names so things like university and department show up as prominent in some of these graphs.

Here is the Neurospora 2010 meeting (wordle page)

Neurospora 2010 abstracts Wordle
2010 Neurospora abstracts Wordle

 

Neurospora 2008 (wordle page)

2008 Neurospora conference abstracts Wordle

25th (2009) Fungal Genetics Conference (wordle page)

25th Fungal Genetics Abstracts
25th Fungal Genetics Wordle

24th (2007) Fungal Genetics Conference (wordle page)

24th Fungal Genetics abstracts Wordle

 

And the streets will be paved with mushrooms…

In case you wanted to live on a mycologically fun street – Looks like there is a home for sale on Ustilago Drive which is just around the corner from Chanterelle Drive.

I do wonder how many pathogens have streets named after them now.

It would be too cruel to letter-writers and the frogs to the name a Sierra Mtn road Batrachochytrium Way or for a farmer to have to live on Puccinia Ave alongside a wheat field in North Dakota…