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The 14th IMPR will be held July 14-19, 2025 in Barcelona, Spain

The First Circular is now available!

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Phytolith BD winner of Unraveling Comics IV

The BD titled Lara Jones and the mystery of the stone plants, by María Victoria García Martínez and José María Pérez Cordón, has been awarded the second prize.

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New Feature – IPS Envoys!

The IPS is delighted to introduce IPS Envoy posts, a new feature on the website designed to increase communication among phytolith researchers. Because the phytolith research community is so large and global, it is difficult to keep up with research conducted by laboratories outside one’s own region.

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Watch a video of the workshop on "Unravelling the Complex Relationship between Plant Physiology, Phytoliths, and the Environment"

Friday, June 7th, 2024 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Room 20.287).

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Fourth IPS Envoy Posts!

Check out the fourth IPS envoy posts from China and Brazil: Dr. Houyuan Lu describes phytolith research conducted by his laboratory in Beijing, China; and Carolina Benincá describes Leading Phytolith Research Hubs in South America.

IPS Envoy Posts!

Announcing the Launch of PHYTO-CHAT-L!

We strongly encourage all phytolith researchers (IPS membership is not required) to join PHYTO-CHAT_L.

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Want to know more open open phytolith science?

Check the videos prepared by the ICOPS!

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The new code for phytolith nomenclature, version 2.0 IS NOW published !

The paper with its supplementary material can be downloaded for free on the Annals of Botany website.

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More than 9750 references are available upon request.

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Latest scientific publications:

Wang, W., Zhuang, X., Yin, X., Song, P., Wang, M., Fan, J., Zhang, Y., & Zhang, B. (2024). Mineralization and physicochemical characteristics of Lycium barbarum L. leaf cellulose detected using the basic alkali/acid extraction. Carbohydrate Polymer Technologies and Applications, 7, 100413. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carpta.2023.100413
Zhang, J., Jiang, L., Yu, L., Huan, X., Zhou, L., Wang, C., Jin, J., Zuo, X., Wu, N., Zhao, Z., Sun, H., Yu, Z., Zhang, G., Zhu, J., Wu, Z., Dong, Y., Fan, B., Shen, C., & Lu, H. (2024). Rice’s trajectory from wild to domesticated in East Asia. Science, 384(6698), 901–906. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.ade4487
Gao, X., Hao, Q., Wang, L., Song, Y., Ge, J., Wu, H., Xu, B., Han, L., Fu, Y., Wu, X., Deng, C., & Guo, Z. (2024). Changes in monsoon precipitation in East Asia under a 2°C interglacial warming. Science Advances, 10(20), eadm7694. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.adm7694
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International Phytolith Society Board Members

Rand R. Evett

University of California, USA


Yansheng Gu

School of Environmental Studies, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China


Doris Barboni

French Institute of Pondicherry, India


Mikhail Blinnikov

St. Cloud State University, USA


Welmoed Out

Moesgaard Museum, Denmark


Ofir Katz

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


Marcia Regina Calegari

Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, Brasil


Chad Yost

Indiana State University, USA

Editor (non-voting)

Carolina Glaeser Benincá

Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – Unioeste, Brazil

Web envoy

Marina Solomonova

Department of Botany at Altai State University

Web envoy

Xinxin Zuo

Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, Fujian, China

Web envoy

Gayathri R

Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences (MCNS), Manipal, Karnataka, India

Web envoy