At The Forefront Of Plant Research

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15-16 June 2017, Ghent, Belgium
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At The Forefront Of Plant Research
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Understanding and exploiting plant life lies at the heart of human civilization. Not only do we rely on plants to feed a growing world population and to improve our standard of living, plants also play a pivotal role in providing a significant portion of our energy needs, and in fulfilling our demand for renewable industrial resources. It is expected that technological advances will further boost crop productivity and quality in a wider range of applications. In addition, new technologies will enable the development of agricultural practices that are in better harmony with the natural environment.

The genomics revolution has been steering plant life sciences for more than a decade now. For that reason it is good to reflect and look ahead to which new opportunities are on the horizon. The aim of this conference is to unite leaders from a wide range of pioneering research topics, to give us a glimpse of where plant science will lead us to in the coming decade.

Meet the Expert session with: Julia Vortholt - ETH, Zurich, CH

We offer all junior researchers the opportunity to join our ‘Meet the Expert' session with Julia Vortholt. During an informal round table discussion on the 16th of June, PhD students and postdocs will have the exclusive opportunity to ask any question/advise related to their research and careers. If you are interested in joining the session, then send an e-mail to conferences@vib.be. Seating is limited.

Top speakers: 

Joseph Ecker

Salk Institute, US

Rob Martienssen

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US

Cyril Zipfel

Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

David Ehrhardt

Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University, US

Julia Vorholt

ETH, Zurich, CH

Ruben Garrido-Oter

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, DE

Alain Goossens

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE

Corné Pieterse

Utrecht University, NL

Niko Geldner

University Lausanne, CH

Sean Cutler

University of California - Riverside, US

Claudia Köhler

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, SE

Siobhan Brady

University of California, Davis, US

Stefanie Sprunck

Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Regensburg, DE

Zachary Lippman

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US

David Jackson

Cold Spring Harbor Lab, US

Steven Maere

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE

Todd J. Jones

DuPont Pioneer, US
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Day 1 - 15 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June, 2017
08:30 - 09:10
Registration and Welcome coffee
09:10 - 09:15
Welcome by Geert De Jaeger
09:15 - 12:45
Session 1: Technology and Translation

Chaired by Geert De Jaeger

09:15 - 10:05
Keynote: (Epi)genomic Diversity and the Regulatory DNA Landscape
Joseph Ecker
Salk Institute, US
10:05 - 10:40
Tuning a molecular amplifier: mechanistic insights into the rapid re-organization of interphase microtubule arrays by blue light perception in higher plants
David Ehrhardt
Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University, US
10:40 - 11:10
Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:45
Tuning transpiration using synthetic and chemical biology
Sean Cutler
University of California - Riverside, US
11:45 - 12:20
Translating knowledge of stem cell proliferation and maturation to engineer improved crop productivity
Zachary Lippman
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US
12:20 - 12:45
Cereal transformation at DuPont Pioneer – meeting future demands for genome modification
Todd J. Jones
DuPont Pioneer, US
12:45 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 14:30
Poster Session
14:30 - 18:10
Session 2: Plant Development

Chaired by Dirk Inzé

14:30 - 15:05
New pathways in plant stem cells and mechanistic insights into yield traits
David Jackson
Cold Spring Harbor Lab, US
15:05 - 15:40
Molecular and cellular events during gamete activation and fusion
Stefanie Sprunck
Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Regensburg, DE
15:40 - 15:55
Selected abstract: Translation regulation of uORFs-containing genes in Arabidopsis
Catharina Merchante
University of Málaga, ES
15:55 - 16:00
Sponsored talk: Bayer: Science for a better life
Fred Van Ex
Senior Group Leader Genomics, Bayer CropScience, BE
Company speaker
16:00 - 16:25
Coffee Break
16:25 - 17:00
Spatiotemporal regulatory networks in plant root development
Siobhan Brady
University of California, Davis, US
17:00 - 17:35
SCHENGEN mutants define a diffusion barrier surveillance pathway in plants
Niko Geldner
University Lausanne, CH
17:35 - 18:10
A spatiotemporal DNA endoploidy map of the Arabidopsis thaliana root
Steven Maere
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
18:10 - 19:00
Reception
19:45 - 22:30
Conference Dinner (sold out)

The Organizing Committee consists of:

Dirk Inzé, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Geert De Jaeger, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Patrick Van Dijck, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Mark Veugelers, VIB Science Policy Manager
Evy vierstraete, VIB Manager Science Events

Day 2 - 16 June 2017

Friday, 16 June, 2017
08:45 - 09:15
Welcome Coffee
09:15 - 12:55
Session 3: Plant biotic interactions and defense

Chaired by Patrick Van Dijck

09:15 - 09:50
Reductionist approaches to explore plant microbiota functions
Ruben Garrido-Oter
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, DE
09:50 - 10:25
The leaf microbiota: disassembling and rebuilding to explore plant microbe interactions
Julia Vorholt
ETH, Zurich, CH
10:25 - 10:40
Selected Abstract: Quantitative genetics analysis of root hydraulics uncovers novel pathways of plant adaptation to the environment
Christophe Maurel
CNRS / INRA, FR
10:40 - 11:10
Coffee Break
10:40 - 11:10
Meet the Expert: Julia Vorholt
11:10 - 11:45
The root microbiome and plant health
Corné Pieterse
Utrecht University, NL
11:45 - 12:20
Engineering Plant Specialized Metabolism: ‘Can We Break the Multiple Feedback Loops?
Alain Goossens
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
12:20 - 12:55
Regulation of receptor kinase-mediated immune signaling
Cyril Zipfel
Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
12:55 - 13:40
Lunch
13:40 - 14:40
Poster session
14:40 - 17:35
Session 4: Plant evolution and speciation

Chaired by Steven Maere

14:40 - 15:30
Keynote: Contrasts in adaptation: new mutations and old variants
15:30 - 16:05
Germline Reprogramming and Epigenetic Inheritance
Rob Martienssen
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US
16:05 - 16:35
Coffee Break
16:35 - 16:50
Selected Abstract: Global impacts of transgenerational acquired resistance on DNA methylation
Joost Stassen
The University of Sheffield, UK
16:50 - 17:05
Selected Abstract: Small RNA as new players of hybrid vigour in plants
Sara Lopez-Gomollon
University of Cambridge, UK
17:05 - 17:40
Epigenetic regulation of transposable elements drives plant speciation
Claudia Köhler
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, SE
17:40 - 17:50
Closing Remarks

The Organizing Committee consists of:

Dirk Inzé, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Geert De Jaeger, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Patrick Van Dijck, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Mark Veugelers, VIB Science Policy Manager
Evy vierstraete, VIB Manager Science Events

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