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The 14th IMPR will be held July 14-19, 2025 in Barcelona, Spain -- Mark your calendars!

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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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Second IPS Envoy Posts!

Check out the second IPS envoy posts from China and Brazil: Dr. Dongmei Jie’s Phytolith Research Team in Northeast China; and Phytolith Research in Brazil: An Overview.

IPS Envoy Posts!

First IPS Envoy Posts!

Check out the very first IPS envoy posts: Phytolith Research in Southeastern China, by Xinxin Zuo and Bioturbation: Unveiling the role of ants and termites in the phytolith assemblage of tropical soils, by Carolina Glaeser Benincá

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
Wang, H., Wang, Y., Zhao, L., & Lu, H. (2024). Forest or grassland? Late Pliocene vegetation and climate of the Yushe Basin, Northern China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 641, 112115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2024.112115
Alonso-Eguiluz, M., Toffolo, M. B., White, C. E., Asouti, E., Boaretto, E., Nilsson Stutz, L., Stutz, A., & María Albert, R. (2024). The Early Upper paleolithic deposit of Mughr el-Hamamah (Jordan): Archaeobotanical taphonomy and site formation processes. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 55, 104471. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2024.104471
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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