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Alistair M. Hetherington
University of Bristol, UK
Alistair’s research centres on understanding, at the cellular level, how plants respond to a changing environment, with a specific focus on identifying the individual components present in the intracellular signalling pathways responsible for coupling extracellular stimuli to their characteristic responses. To do this he studies stomata, the pores present on the surfaces of leaves that control the uptake of carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and the loss of water vapour. The overarching aims of this work include a better understanding of water use efficiency in plants and the evolution of signalling pathways.

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Physiology and Development

Andrew Groover
USDA Forest Service, Davis, CA, USA
Andrew’s research focuses on the developmental biology and evolution of forest trees. His lab uses molecular genetic and genomic tools to identify and characterise the genes and mechanisms that control growth, wood formation, and physiological processes in trees.

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Owen K. Atkin
The Australian National University, ACT, Canberra, Australia
A major focus of Owen’s research is the importance of plant respiration in determining the scale and magnitude of future global environmental change. Owen’s lab aims to quantify the climate dependence of respiration, and determine the impact of variations in respiration on rates of net carbon uptake in a range of natural and managed ecosystems. Owen is also working with modellers to improve the representation of plant respiration in global climate-vegetation models.

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Francis Martin
INRA-Nancy, France
Francis’ research focuses on understanding how soil microorganisms drive ecosystems through their roles in important soil processes, including decomposition and nutrient turnover, as well as carbon sequestration. Much of his research has concentrated on ectomycorrhizal fungi, in particular, by identifying the communication genes (e.g., those coding for effector proteins) that drive the development of symbioses. Francis is leading the Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative, which aims to identify the genomic features associated with various mycorrhizal symbioses.

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Lynda F. Delph
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Lynda is interested in questions concerning adaptation, reproductive strategies, and speciation in plants, by looking at interrelationships between morphology, genetics, physiology, life histories, and how they affect fitness and reproductive isolation. Recently, Lynda’s research has focused on the potential interplay between selection, sexual dimorphism, local adaptation, and sex-chromosome evolution.

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Liam Dolan, FRS
University of Oxford, UK
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David Ackerly
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
New Phytologist section: Environment / Evolution

  • Ecology, evolution and functional diversity of terrestrial plants, with a particular focus on the California flora
  • Ecophysiology, population biology, community ecology and phylogenetics
  • Climate change impacts on biodiversity; conservation biology
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Amy T. Austin
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
New Phytologist section: Environment

  • Terrestrial ecosystem ecology, related to abiotic and biotic controls on ecosystem processes
  • Control of litter decomposition, biogeochemical cycles, natural abundance of stable isotopes, and the potential impacts of global change in grassland and forest ecosystems
  • Pine afforestation
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Carlos Ballaré
IFEVA (Agricultural Plant Physiology and Ecology Research Institute); CONICET (National Research Council of Argentina); University of Buenos Aires; IIB-National University of San Martín
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • Plant-herbivore and plant-pathogen interactions
  • Effects of solar radiation on plant and ecosystem function
  • Molecular mechanisms in plant responses to the environment and implications for agriculture and global change
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Margaret M. Barbour
University of Sydney, Australia
New Phytologist section: Environment

  • Linking carbon and water exchange across cellular to ecosystem scales
  • Process-based modelling to interpret the stable isotope record in tree rings
  • Development of laser-based measurement systems for real-time measurement of plant, soil and ecosystem isofluxes
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Colin Brownlee
The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK
New Phytologist section: Physiology and Development
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John M. Christie
University of Glasgow, UK
New Phytologist section: Physiology and Development

  • Plant responses to visible light, UV- B and stress
  • Photoreceptor function and signalling
  • Development of optogenetic tools and applications
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Ian A. Dickie
University of Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • Mycorrhizal interactions: molecular, physiological, modelling approaches and at multiple scales from individual plants to ecosystem level outcomes
  • Understanding mycorrhizal fungal diversity and its role in plant adaptation to the environment
  • Plant-soil feedbacks during plant invasions
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André Kessler
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
New Phytologist section: Interaction / Environment
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Hongzhi Kong
Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
New Phytologist section: Evolution

  • Mechanisms underlying the origin and diversification of the flower
  • Patterns and mechanisms of duplicate gene evolution in coding and regulatory regions
  • Mechanisms underlying new character evolution

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Elena M. Kramer
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
New Phytologist section: Evolution

  • Molecular, morphological, and phylogenetic approaches to study how flowers have changed over the course of evolutionary time
  • Evolutionary and ecological significance of pollinator interactions.
  • Development of Aquilegia (columbine) as a new system for studying evolutionary and ecological questions, including the genetic basis of flowering time control
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Jörg Kudla
University of Münster, Germany
New Phytologist section: Physiology and Development

  • Abiotic / environmental stress, cold acclimation, environmental signals, salinity
  • Calcium signaling / transport, organismal level signal transduction, ion transport, ion / metabolite sensing
  • Stomata
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Youngsook Lee
Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
New Phytologist section: Physiology and Development

  •  Transporters
  •  Lipids and biofuel
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Anna-Liisa Laine
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  •  Evolutionary ecology of plant-pathogen interactions
  •  Plant population biology
  •  Trophic interactions
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Björn D. Lindahl
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • Community ecology of soil fungi and mycorrhizal symbiosis
  • Formation and decomposition of soil organic matter
  • Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic methods to assess microbial communities and activities
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Keith Lindsey
University of Durham, UK
New Phytologist section: Physiology and Development

  • Molecular control mechanisms in embryogenesis and root development
  • Response of the root to environmental stresses
  • Mathematical modelling of gene and signalling regulatory networks
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Nathan G. McDowell
Pacific Northwest National Lab, Richland, WA, USA
New Phytologist section: Environment

  • Physiological regulation of plant carbon and water balance in relation to climate, plant size, and management
  • Vegetation survival and mortality
  • Isotopic, modelling and empirical techniques to quantify plant, ecosystem, and regional-scale carbon and water balance, and standard physiological measurements, e.g. sapflow, gas exchange
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Belinda Medlyn

Belinda Medlyn
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
New Phytologist section: Environment

  • Responses of plants to increasing CO2 concentrations and global change
  • Effects of global change on ecosystem productivity, water use, and species composition
  • Ecosystem modelling; improving ecosystem models using experimental data
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Leonie C. Moyle
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
New Phytologist section: Evolution

  • The genetics of adaptation and speciation, and the evolutionary forces responsible for these processes, including natural and sexual selection
  • The molecular mechanisms of species recognition
  • The ecology and genetics of environmental adaptation, within model and non-model species
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Richard J. Norby
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
New Phytologist section: Environment

  • Ecosystem responses to atmospheric and climatic change, synthesis of experimental results to inform models
  • Effects of CO2 enrichment on tree growth and forest metabolism, carbon and nitrogen cycling in forest ecosystems
  • Forest tree physiology and plant physiological ecology
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Maarja Öpik

Maarja Öpik
University of Tartu, Estonia
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • Molecular detection and identification of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
  • Abiotic and biotic drivers of fungal diversity from local to global scales, including land-use patterns
  • Functional properties of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, including host species compatibility
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Anne E. Osbourn
John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • The function and synthesis of plant-derived natural productions and the origins of metabolic diversity, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
  • Molecular basis of interactions between plants and other organisms, with a particular emphasis on natural products and plant defence
  • Genetics, genomics, computational biology, cell biology, protein and small molecule chemistry applied to crop and model plants
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Ralph Panstruga
Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • Cell biology of plant-microbe interactions, comparative genomics of fungal pathogens
  • Molecular mechanisms of defence suppression focusing on MLO proteins
  • Pathogen effector functions, including the diversity and function of powdery mildew effectors
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Marinus Pilon
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development

  • Metal homeostasis in chloroplasts, copper transport, iron-sulphur cluster biosynthesis, metal cofactor delivery and assembly.
  • Regulation of micronutrient use by plants.
  • Biogenesis of the photosynthetic machinery.
  • Plant cell biology (protein transport, organelle biogenesis) and essential trace element homeostasis (particularly copper and iron)
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Andrea Polle
University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
New Phytologist section: Environment / Interaction

  • Molecular ecophysiology
  • Stress physiology
  • Tree biology

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Mark D. Rausher
Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
New Phytologist section: Evolution
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Sasha Reed
US Geological Survey, Moab, UT, USA
New Phytologist section: Environment

  • Terrestrial ecosystem ecology: understanding fundamental controls and responses to change
  • Plant-soil-atmosphere interactions
  • Mechanisms behind and implications of global change in dryland and tropical forest ecosystems

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Natalia Requena
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • Developmental reprogramming during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis
  • Fungal signals and plant perception in plant-fungal interactions
  • Transport processes during interactions of plants and microbes

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Henk Schat
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development / Evolution

  • Plant metal homeostasis, metal tolerance, metal toxicology, metal hyperaccumulation
  • Plant mineral nutrition and abiotic stress responses
  • (micro) evolutionary adaptation processes and evolutionary genetics

Marc-André Selosse
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France, University of Gdansk, Poland, and Viçosa, Brazil
New Phytologist section: Interaction / Evolution

  • Population genetics and communities of ectomycorrhizal fungi
  • Ecology and evolution of symbiosis
  • Mycoheterotrophy and mixotrophy; orchid mycorrhizae
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Ken Shirasu
RIKEN, Yokohama City, Japan
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • Chemical biology of plant immunity signalling and characterisation of resistance signalling complexes, pathogen genomics
  • Resistance against Colletotrichum fungi
  • Parasitic plants
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Alison M. Smith FRS
John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development

  • Primary metabolism in plants
  • Biochemical, genetic and molecular biolohical techniques to dicover how the turnover starch and sucrose are controlled in relation to plant growth, productivity and development, in Arabidopsis and crop plants
  • Manipulation of CO2 concentrations in chloroplasts
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Song, Chun-Peng

Chun-Peng Song
Henan University, Kaifeng, China
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development

  • Stomatal physiology and development
  • Drought stress and water-use efficiency in plants

Jana Vamosi
University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
New Phytologist section: Evolution

  • Plant macroevolution, macroecology
  • Ecophylogenetics of functional diversity
  • Pollination ecology and conservation of genetic diversity
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Shuhua Yang

Shuhua Yang
State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Beijing, China
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development / Evolution

  • Molecular mechanisms of plant responses to cold stress in Arabidopsis and maize
  • Cold stress and cold acclimation
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Tim J. Brodribb
University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
New Phytologist section: Environment

  • Evolutionary and ecological impacts of plant hydraulic physiology
  • Stomatal physiology, ecology and evolution
  • Water stress, xylem cavitation and plant mortality.

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Peter (Hans) Comes
Universitat Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
New Phytologist section: Evolution

  • Plant molecular phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics
  • Speciation, hybridization and mating system evolution
  • Biogeography of high mountain, temperate and island floras in response to climate change

Visit Hans-Peter’s website.


Jim H. Graham
University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL, USA
New Phytologist section: Interaction

  • Physiological ecology of mycorrhizas
  • Carbon and nutrient interactions in mycorrhizal symbiosis
  • Interactions of soil organisms in roots and the rhizosphere, including fungal pathogens
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Gary Loake
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
New Phytologist section: Interaction
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Martin McAinsh
Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development

  • Cellular and molecular basis of plant response to drought, elevated CO2, high rhizospheric calcium, and ozone stress
  • Agricultural sustainability and food security
  • Eco-innovative approaches to improve crop resource use efficiency
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Helen Ougham, Online Development Editor
Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development

  • Senescence, including leaf and petal senescence, fruit ripening and post-harvest processes
  • Plant bioinformatics and computational biology with an emphasis on applications to crop plants
  • Imaging approaches applied to the study of plant processes
  • Increasing the accessibility and usefulness of journal content, across all computational platforms and devices, with smart searching and browsing tools and the application of ontologies
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Ari Sadanandom
Durham University, Durham, UK
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development

  • Plant disease and control of protein degradation through ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS)
  • Modulation of plant cell signalling by SUMO
  • Protein modification systems that regulate hormone pathways
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Alison G. Smith
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
New Phytologist section: Physiology and development

  • Metabolism of plants, algae and bacteria, in particular vitamin and cofactor biosynthesis
  • Symbiotic interactions between algae and bacteria to provide insights into algal communities in natural ecosystems
  • Metabolic engineering of high-value products in plants and algae
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John R. Stinchcombe
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
New Phytologist section: Evolution

  • Influence of climate, abiotic resources, competitors and natural enemies on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of plant traits and populations
  • How ecological and evolutionary patterns are constrained, modified, or facilitated by genetic factors such as trade-offs or the functionality of major regulatory genes
  • Ecological genomics, evolutionary ecology and quantitative genetics, evolutionary genetics and ecophysiology of leaf polymorphisms
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Mark G. Tjoelker
Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia
New Phytologist section: Environment

  • Physiological ecology and global environmental change
  • Relationships among plant functional traits and ecosystem processes, particularly respiration and carbon cycling
  • Temperature acclimation and climatic adaptation of plant traits and the biogeography of forest tree species
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Board of Advisors

  • G. van den Ackerveken, Utrecht, the Netherlands
    K.L. Adams, Vancouver, Canada
    E.A. Ainsworth, Urbana, IL, USA
    W.S. Armbruster, Portsmouth, UK
    T-L. Ashman, Pittsburgh, USA
    O. Batistic, Munster, Germany
    D.J. Beerling FRS
    , Sheffield, UK
    C. Bell, New Orleans, USA
    P. Bonfante, Torino, Italy
    M. Bucher, Köln, Germany
    J.W. Busch, Pullman, WA, USA
    J. Cavender-Bares, Saint Paul, MN, USA
    J. Carr, Cambridge, UK
    L.A. Cernusak, Canberra, Australia
    K. Clay, Bloomington, IN, USA
    P-E. Courty, Dijon, France
    S.P. DiFazio, Morgantown, WV, USA
    M.R. Dudash, College Park, MD, USA
    P. Edger, East Lansing, MI, USA
    A.J. Eckert, Richmond, VA, USA
    C. Eckert, Kingston, Canada
    D.M. Eissenstat, University Park, PA, USA
    N. Ferrol, Granada, Spain
    A. Fleming, Sheffield, UK
    J. Flexas
    , Palma de Mallorca, Spain
    L. Fishman, Missoula, MT, USA
    P. Franks, Sydney, Australia
    C. Gachon, Oban, UK
    B.J. Glover, Cambridge, UK
    C. Goodwillie, Greenville, NC, USA
    K.S. Gould, Wellington, New Zealand
    J. Gray, Sheffield, UK
    U.G. Hacke, Edmonton, Canada
    S. Hacquard, Köln, Germany
    B. Hause, Halle, Germany
    I. Henry, Davis, CA, USA
    M. Heskel
    , Woods Hole, MA, USA
    X-Q. He, Beijing, China
    M. van der Heijden, Zürich, Switzerland
    T. Helgason, York, UK
    B.R. Helliker, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    K. Hikosaka, Tohoku University, Japan
    L.C. Hileman, Lawrence, KS, USA
    S. Hiscock, Oxford, UK
    E.A. Hobbie, Durham, NH, USA
    A. Hodge, York, UK
    K. Hofmockel, Ames, IA, USA
    C.M. Iversen, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
    D. Johnson, Manchester, UK
    C. Kidner, Edinburgh, UK
    N.C. Kane, Vancouver, Canada
    S. Kangasjärvi, Turku, Finland
    K. Kanyuka, Rothamstead, UK
    F. Katagiri, St. Paul, MN, USA
    P.G. Kennedy, St. Paul, MN, USA
    R.T. Koide, Provo, UT, USA
    T.W. Kuyper, Wageningen, the Netherlands
    T. Lahaye, München, Germany
    A-L. Laine, Helsinki, Finland
    E. Laliberté, Montreal, Canada
    L. Lanfranco, Torino, Italy
    M. Lascoux, Uppsala, Sweden
    J. Leake, Sheffield, UK
    F. Lens, Leiden, the Netherlands
    Y-K. Liang, Wuhan, China
    M.R. Macnair, Exeter, UK
    S. Mathews, Cambridge, MA, USA
    A.A. Meharg, Belfast, UK
    M.V. Mickelbart, West Lafayette, IN, USA
    A. Nardini, Trieste, Italy
    K. Nara, Tokyo, Japan
    D. Ortiz-Barrientos, Brisbane, Australia
    J. Pannell, Lausanne, Switzerland
    C. Parisod, Bern, Switzerland
    K.G. Peay, Stanford, CA, USA
    W.A. Peer, West Lafayette, IN, USA
    J. Peñuelas, Barcelona, Spain
    P. Papadopoulou, Thessaly, Greece
    G-Y. Rao, Beijing, China
    J.A. Raven FRS, Dundee, UK
    S.C. Reed, Moab, UT, USA
    S. Robatzek, Norwich, UK
    H. Rolletschek, Gatersleben, Germany
    J.A. Rudgers, Albuquerque, NM, USA
    M.G. Ryan, Fort Collins, CO, USA
    M. Schwarzländer, Münster, Germany
    S.A. Sevanto, Los Alamos, NM, USA
    S.E. Smith, Adelaide, Australia
    C-P. Song, Kaifeng, China
    P. Spanu, London, UK
    J. Sperry, Salt Lake City, USA
    J. Sprent, Dundee, UK
    F. Takken, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    A.F.S. Taylor, Aberdeen, UK
    A.R. Taylor, Wilmington, NC, USA
    J.E. Taylor, Lancaster, UK
    G. Tcherkez, Canberra, Australia
    D.B.C. Tholl, Blacksburg, VA, US
    D. Tissue, Richmond, Australia
    M. Tsiantis, Köln, Germany
    M. Turnbull, Canterbury, New Zealand
    N. Verbruggen, Brussels, Belgium
    J.K. Ward, Lawrence, KS, USA
    Y. Wang, Beijing, China
    N. von Wiren, Tübingen, Germany
    B. Wulfe, John Innes Centre, UK
    J. Xiang, Raleigh, NC, USA
    X. Xie, Tianjin, China
    J. Yang, Shanghai, China
    A. Zanne, Washington DC, USA
    S. Zaehle
    , Jena, Germany
    W. Zhang, Nanjing, China
    Y-G. Zhu, Beijing, China
    W. Zhou, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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