Christina presented her work characterising the genetic diversity of P. syringae inhabiting the kiwifruit phyllosphere.
The British Society for Plant Pathology awarded Elena and Christina travel grants to attend the International Symposium on Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit and the International Conference on Pseudomonas syringae, respectively.
Yuriy presented his doctoral research on how migration processes can determine the evolution of cooperation in multilevel selection.
Paul was awarded a 2014 Blaise Pascal International Research Chair. Paul will be hosted in Paris by the Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure (IBENS) and the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI).
The Rainey lab held their second wine tasting event, sampling NZ Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. It's clearly a very serious affair, with blinded tastings of each bottle, careful analysis of the aroma, flavours and finish, and plenty of food pairings.
Paul spent two weeks in China as an Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is awarded to distinguished international scientists actively working at the frontiers of science and technology. Xue-Xian (left) also attended the lecture tour of CAS institutes in Beijing and Nanjing.
Paul was appointed to serve on the scientific advisory boards of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (UK) Understanding Microbial Communities; Function; Structure and Dynamics programme and The Laboratory of Excellence TULIP Labex project (France).
Honour recently traveled to China to initiate an extended research collaboration with Prof. Hongwen Huang's group at the South China Botanical Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Li Li (left), Honour and Yifei Liu (right) traveled extensively throughout China to investigate the origin and evolution of Psa.
Zhang & Rainey (2013) questioned the generality of the view that the microbial world is inherently social. This work provoked a comment from Kummerli & Ross-Gillespie (2013), to which Rainey et al. (2014) delivered a robust response.
A two year fund was granted in January 2014 to facilitate exchange between scientists in New Zealand and France. This fund supports collaboration with Silvia De Monte (IBENS), David Bensimon (ENS) and Nicolas Desprat (ENS). More information on the RSNZ d'Urville fund can be found here.
A multi-lab retreat to the Whatipu Lodge.
Small group workshops
This workshop goal was to make a clear presentation of another member's research topic.
Other workshops included wine, Jenga, and hiking.
A gathering outside one of our office bulidings to celebrate Sylke's successful PhD defence!