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Plant Abiotic Stress and Sustainable Agriculture: Translating Basic Understanding to Food Production (A6)


Organizer(s) Julia Bailey-Serres and Mike Hasegawa
January 17—22, 2013
Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center • Taos, New Mexico USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 19, 2012
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 18, 2012
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 19, 2012
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 14, 2012

Sponsored by Monsanto Company

Summary of Meeting:
The world must immediately increase global crop production to meet the food, fiber and biofuel demands of our growing population. This challenge is complicated by a decline in arable farmland due to human occupancy and soil degradation. Crop production is also compromised by an increased occurrence of severe weather events due to global climate change. To meet human needs, major crops must be rapidly modified to ensure productivity in extreme environments. A major target is the improvement of tolerance to abiotic stresses including extremes in water availability and temperature, as well as soil contamination by salts, phosphate and heavy metals. Allied with abiotic stress tolerance is the need to improve crop yields in nutrient-poor soils. Genetic diversity for stress tolerance and nutrient acquisition exists within some crop species. The molecular genetic basis of this diversity is being identified and harnessed into cultivars by marker-assisted breeding. The use of functional genomics to dissect abiotic stress sensing and signaling networks and the downstream adjustments in metabolism and development can provide additional solutions for crop improvement through genetic engineering. The emergence of deep-sequencing promises to permit rapid exploration of abiotic tolerance mechanisms of non-crop plants. Finally, the efforts to precisely define abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms can aid the effective pyramiding of multiple tolerances in a single plant. This Keystone Symposia conference will highlight progress in the dissection of the molecular basis of abiotic stress tolerance and the practices that enable rapid translation of abiotic stress tolerance to the farmer’s field.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

16:00—20:00
Arrival and Registration


FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

08:00—09:00
Welcome and Keynote Address
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* Mike Hasegawa, Purdue University, USA

Marc Van Montagu, Ghent University, Belgium
30 years of Transgenic Plants: Discover, Innovate, Communicate

09:00—11:15
Harnessing Genetic Diversity to Improve Crop Stress Tolerance
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Mark Tester, University of Adelaide, Australia
Understanding and Manipulating Salininty Tolerance in Wheat and Barley

Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA
Flooding Survival Strategies

Sigrid Heuer, University of Adelaide, Australia
A Novel Rice Protein Kinase, OsPSTOL1, Confers Tolerance of Phosphorus Deficiency by Enhancing Root Growth

Matthew H. Siebers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Short Talk: The Effects of Regionally Defined Heatwaves on Crop Production in Central Illinois at Current and Future [CO2]

09:40—10:00
Coffee Break

11:15—13:00
Poster Setup

13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

11:15—16:30
On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

17:00—19:00
Extremes in Water Availability: From Genes to Field
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* Susanne von Caemmerer, Australian National University, Australia

L.A.C.J. Rens Voesenek, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Submergence Coping Mechanisms in Wild Species

Andy Pereira, University of Arkansas, USA
Enhancing Photosynthesis for Increasing Yield and Abiotic Stress Resistance in Rice

Michael L. Nuccio, Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc., USA
Improvement of Drought Tolerance in Crops

Stephen H. Howell, Iowa State University, USA
Short Talk: Heat, ER Stress, and the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR)

19:00—20:00
Social Hour w/ Lite Bites

19:30—22:00
Poster Session 1


SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

08:00—11:00
Understanding and Improving Water Use Efficiency
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* Dirk Inzé, VIB 2 -Ghent University, Belgium

Michael V. Mickelbart, Purdue University, USA
Physiological and Molecular Genetic Basis of Water Use Efficiency

Alistair M. Hetherington, University of Bristol, UK
Environmental Regulation of Stomatal Dynamics

Dominique Bergmann, Stanford University, USA
Developmental Regulation and Functional Consequences

Hilde Nelissen, VIB-Ghent University, Belgium
Short Talk: The Effect of Drought on the Growth Processes in the Maize Leaf

Biswa R. Acharya, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Short Talk: Protein Interaction Network in Arabidopsis Guard Cell ABA Signaling: A Systems Biology Approach

Julian I. Schroeder, University of California, San Diego, USA
Short Talk: Molecular Mechanisms Mediating CO2 Control of Transpiration and Stomatal Development

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

11:00—16:30
On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

17:00—19:15
Stress Sensing, Signaling and Response Networks
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* Julian I. Schroeder, University of California, San Diego, USA

Sean Cutler, University of California, Riverside, USA
Structure and Function of ABA Receptors

Dongdong Kong, University of Maryland, USA
Short Talk: Arabidopsis Glutamate Receptor Homologs Regulate Ca2+ Homeostasis and Signaling

Jörg Kudla, Universität Münster, Germany
Short Talk: Functions of the Ca2+ Decoding CBL-CIPK Signaling Network in Mediating and Enhancing Abiotic Stress Responses

Jian-Kang Zhu, Purdue University, USA
Osmotic Stress Sensing and Signaling in Arabidopsis

Ron Mittler, University of North Texas, USA
Dissecting the Rapid Systemic Signaling Pathway of Plants

19:15—20:15
Social Hour w/ Lite Bites


SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

08:00—11:00
Roots and their Environment
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* Sigrid Heuer, University of Adelaide, Australia

Luis Herrera-Estrella, Cinvestav, Mexico
Development of a Novel Fertilizer and Weed Control System based on Phosphate Metabolism

Leon V. Kochian, US Department of Agriculture, ARS, NAA, USA
Molecular and Biochemical Regulation of Cereal Aluminum Tolerance

Mary Lou Guerinot, Dartmouth College, USA
From the Soil to the Seed: Metal Homeostasis in Plants

Maria J. Harrison, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, USA
The Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Symbiosis

Aaron P. Smith, Louisiana State University, USA
Short Talk: Dissecting the Roles of Nucleosome Occupancy and H2A.Z Abundance in Modulating Responses to P- and/or Fe-Deficiency in Rice

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

11:00—13:00
Poster Setup

13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

 
On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

17:00—19:00
Stress Systems Biology to Genetic Variation
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* Alistair M. Hetherington, University of Bristol, UK

Jerzy Paszkowski, University of Cambridge, UK
Epigenetics Regulation of Abiotic Stress Responses

Philip N. Benfey, Duke University, USA
A Systems Approach to Important Root Traits

Dirk Inzé, VIB 2 -Ghent University, Belgium
The Impact of Stress on Growth and Development

Claudia Jonak, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria
Short Talk: The RNA-Directed DNA Methylation Pathway Regulates the Temperature Stress Response

19:00—20:00
Social Hour w/ Lite Bites

19:30—22:00
Poster Session 2


MONDAY, JANUARY 21

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

08:00—11:00
Challenges and Solutions in the Field
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* Mark Tester, University of Adelaide, Australia

Donald E. Nelson, Monsanto Company, USA
Advances in Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Key Crops

Mitch R. Tuinstra, Purdue University, USA
Prospects for Adapting Maize to Drought and High-Temperature Stress

Richard A. James, CSIRO, Australia
Development and Evaluation of Salt-Tolerant Wheat

Katharina Bräutigam, University of Toronto, Canada
Short Talk: Genetic and Epigenetic Impacts on the Poplar Drought Response

Amandeep Mittal, Texas Tech University, USA
Short Talk: Field Testing of Transgenic Cotton Expressing Arabidopsis ABA Insensitive5 (ABI5) and B3-Domain Related to ABI3/VIVIPAROUS1 (RAV) Transcription Factors

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

 
On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

17:00—19:00
Global Climate Change: CO2 and Temperature
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* Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA

Jian Hua, Cornell University, USA
Modulation of Plant Immunity by Temperature

Lisa Ainsworth, US Department of Agriculture, USA
Maximizing Soybean Production in a High CO2, High Ozone World

Sharon B. Gray, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Short Talk: Elevated Atmospheric CO2 Alters Root Depth Distribution, Enhancing Abscisic Acid Signaling and Stomatal Closure Under Drought in Field-Grown Soybean

Susanne von Caemmerer, Australian National University, Australia
Impacts of Elevated CO2 and Temperature on Photosynthesis and Other Processes

19:00—20:00
Social Hour w/ Lite Bites

20:00—23:00
Entertainment


TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

 
Departure


*Session Chair †Speaker invited, not yet responded.



Keystone Symposia thanks our Sponsor for generously supporting this meeting:

Monsanto Company

We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:

Bayer CropScience N.V. KWS SAAT AG
Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.
 

We gratefully acknowledge support for this conference from:


Directors' Fund


These generous unrestricted gifts allow our Directors to schedule meetings in a wide variety of important areas, many of which are in the early stages of research.

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We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:


National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant No. IOS-1263471

The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the National Science Foundation; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:



Monsanto Company


Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.


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