Approaching 12th IMPR ! Conference updates

  Dear All, Please find here 3 documents with important information regarding the approaching IMPR conference. The updated programme with names of invited speakers, practical informations regarding talks and posters, etc. Details about the “Women on stage!” initiative The full programme of the European Archaeological Association Looking forward to see you soon (virtually) ! Doris on […]

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The FAIR Phytoliths project is getting started

We are happy to announce that the FAIR Phytoliths project has been successful in gaining funding through the European Open Science Cloud Digital Life Science Call.  FAIR stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (Wilkinson et al. 2016) and it is the aim of this project to improve the FAIRness of phytolith data. We will […]

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Phytoliths in the Flora of Ecuador Project: updates!

The Phytoliths in the Flora of Ecuador project was undertaken by Deborah M. Pearsall and colleagues from 1997 to 2008, with periodic work through 2012, to establish diagnostic phytolith types and phytolith vegetation signatures to enhance archaeological and paleoenvironmental phytolith applications in coastal and Amazonian Ecuador. Research was conducted in Ecuador and at the University […]

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CALL FOR PAPERS on plant silicon and phytoliths

The journal Plants will dedicate a special issue to Silicon in the soil-plant continuum. This special issue will cover a broad range of themes revolving around silicon’s roles in plant nutrition, biology and ecology and in soil chemistry and biogeochemistry. Authors are invited to contribute to this special issue and to share the call with […]

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How are systematics and biological and ecological features related to silica content in plants? A study of species from southern South America

Honaine, M.F., Benvenuto, M.L., Montti, L., Natal, M., Borrelli, N.L., Alvarez, M.F., Altamirano, S.M., Rito, M.D., Osterrieth, M.L., 2020. How are systematics and biological and ecological features related to silica content in plants?: a study in species from the Southern of South America. (in press)   We analyzed published and unpublished data about silicophytolith […]

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12th International Meeting flyer

12th International Meeting for Phytolith Research

  • November 27, 2020
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The 12th IMPR will be a FULLY ONLINE CONFERENCE accessible to all IPS members, September 8 –11, 2021.  Exceptionally this time, the conference will be carried out in the frame of the 27th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA). Important To submit an abstract within IMPR-sessions, you have to be a member of […]

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3D shape analysis of grass silica short cell phytoliths

Gallaher, T.J., Akbar, S.Z., Klahs, P.C., Marvet, C.R., Senske, A.M., Clark, L.G., Strömberg, C.A.E., 2020. 3D shape analysis of grass silica short cell phytoliths: a new method for fossil classification and analysis of shape evolution. New Phytologist 228, 376–392. It has long been recognized that the three-dimensional (3D) morphology of grass silica short cell […]

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Assessment of Open Science Practises in Phytolith Research shows we could do better!

Karoune, E., 2020. Data from “Assessing Open Science Practices in Phytolith Research”. Journal of Open Archaeology Data, 8(1), p.6. DOI: This recently released data paper, and soon to be published research article (find the pre-print here), highlights a need for us as a community to move towards more open ways of working. The dataset was compiled […]

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