A view from the conference Down Under
New Phytologist is becoming rhizobiologists’ journal of the month. My last post was about Maren Friesen’s exploration of the evolutionary trade-offs of the symbiosis. You should read her comment, which adds some additional important points. Now, New Phyt has published Janet Sprent’s perspective on the 17th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation (ICNF), Fremantle, Western Australia, November 2011. Janet’s comments are always worth reading, given her unrivalled expertise in the field of legume nodulation. In her review, she highlights contributions to the meeting in the areas of the biogeography of the symbiosis and some aspects of inoculation in agriculture. For those of us who were unable to get to Australia, this is a valuable glimpse of some of the highlights we missed, and there are some useful references to follow up.
Sprent, J. (2012) From pure to applied: legume research reports from Down Under. New Phytologist 194: 318-320. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04098.x