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At The Forefront Of Plant Research

15-16 June 2017, Ghent, Belgium
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Poster session - Ghent
Poster session - Ghent
Zebrastraat Ghent - venue
Zebrastraat Ghent - venue
Zebrastraat Ghent - venue
Zebrastraat Ghent - venue
Graslei in Ghent
Graslei in Ghent
Saint Michael's Bridge - Ghent
Saint Michael's Bridge - Ghent
korenlei - Ghent
korenlei - Ghent
City Hall - Ghent
City Hall - Ghent
Castle of the Counts Ghent
Castle of the Counts Ghent
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.

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Program

Day 1 - Thursday, 15 June, 2017

08:30
09:10
Registration and Welcome coffee
09:10
09:15
Welcome by Geert De Jaeger
Session 1: Technology and Translation

Chaired by Geert De Jaeger

09:15
10:05
(Epi)genomic Diversity and the Regulatory DNA Landscape
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
10:40
11:10
Coffee Break
11:10
11:45
Tuning transpiration using synthetic and chemical biology
11:45
12:20
Translating knowledge of stem cell proliferation and maturation to engineer improved crop productivity
12:20
12:45
Cereal transformation at DuPont Pioneer – meeting future demands for genome modification
12:45
13:30
Lunch
13:30
14:30
Poster Session
Session 2: Plant Development

Chaired by Dirk Inzé

14:30
15:05
New pathways in plant stem cells and mechanistic insights into yield traits
15:05
15:40
Molecular and cellular events during gamete activation and fusion
15:40
15:55
Translation regulation of uORFs-containing genes in Arabidopsis
15:55
16:00
Bayer: Science for a better life

Fred Van Ex

Senior Group Leader Genomics, Bayer CropScience, BE
Sponsored talk
16:00
16:25
Coffee Break
16:25
17:00
Spatiotemporal regulatory networks in plant root development
17:00
17:35
SCHENGEN mutants define a diffusion barrier surveillance pathway in plants
17:35
18:10
A spatiotemporal DNA endoploidy map of the Arabidopsis thaliana root
18:10
19:00
Reception
19:45
22:30
Conference Dinner (sold out)

Day 2 - Friday, 16 June, 2017

08:45
09:15
Welcome Coffee
Session 3: Plant biotic interactions and defense

Chaired by Patrick Van Dijck

09:15
09:50
Reductionist approaches to explore plant microbiota functions
09:50
10:25
The leaf microbiota: disassembling and rebuilding to explore plant microbe interactions
10:25
10:40
Quantitative genetics analysis of root hydraulics uncovers novel pathways of plant adaptation to the environment
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
11:45
12:20
Engineering Plant Specialized Metabolism: ‘Can We Break the Multiple Feedback Loops?
12:20
12:55
Regulation of receptor kinase-mediated immune signaling
12:55
13:40
Lunch
13:40
14:40
Poster session
Session 4: Plant evolution and speciation

Chaired by Steven Maere

14:40
15:30
Contrasts in adaptation: new mutations and old variants
15:30
16:05
Germline Reprogramming and Epigenetic Inheritance
16:05
16:35
Coffee Break
16:35
16:50
Global impacts of transgenerational acquired resistance on DNA methylation
16:50
17:05
Small RNA as new players of hybrid vigour in plants
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

Organizing committee

Dirk Inzé

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE

Geert De Jaeger

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE

Patrick Van Dijck

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE

Mark Veugelers

Senior Science Policy Manager, VIB, BE

Abstracts

The full list of abstracts will be available on 08-06-2017 until 26-06-2017
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.

Attendees

The full list of attendees will be available on 08-06-2017 until 26-06-2017
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.