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Plant Epigenetics: From Genotype to Phenotype (B1)


Organizer(s) Scott D. Michaels, Doris Wagner and Nathan M. Springer
February 15—19, 2016
Sagebrush Inn & Suites • Taos, New Mexico USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Oct 14, 2015
Abstract Deadline: Nov 16, 2015
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 14, 2015
Discounted Registration Deadline: Dec 15, 2015

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
The modification of chromatin, including DNA and histones, allows for the manifestation of multiple phenotypes from the same DNA sequence. In this way, chromatin modifications contribute to variation at multiple levels, ranging from the expression of individual genes, to the differentiation of cell types, to population-level phenotypic diversity. As sessile organisms, plants also integrate a myriad of environmental cues into different phenotypic or growth responses via the epigenome. Technological advances have facilitated the study of the epigenome in unprecedented detail. This meeting will focus on recent breakthroughs in our mechanistic understanding of how epigenetic modifications shape the expression of genotype into phenotype in plants. Topics include the deposition/removal of chromatin modifications and histone variants, the role of epigenetics in development and response to environmental signals, natural variation and ecology, and applications for epigenetics in crop improvement. Bringing together a diverse group of experts from academia and industry will allow attendees to explore the frontiers of plant epigenetics and forge interdisciplinary collaborations. Given the importance of chromatin modifications in shaping plant development and responses to the environment, unraveling the workings of the epigenome is likely to play a key role in food security in the face of increasing population growth and climate change.

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The meeting will begin on Monday, February 15 with registration from 16:00 to 20:00 and a welcome mixer from 18:00 to 20:00. Conference events conclude on Friday, February 19 with a closing plenary session from 17:00 to 19:00, followed by a social hour and entertainment. We recommend return travel on Saturday, February 20 in order to fully experience the meeting.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15

16:00—20:00
Arrival and Registration

Sagebrush Lobby & Cantina
18:00—20:00
Welcome Mixer
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Sagebrush Lobby & Cantina

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Sagebrush Lobby & Cantina
08:00—09:00
Welcome and Keynote Address
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* Scott D. Michaels, Indiana University, USA

Steven E. Jacobsen, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
RNA Directed DNA Methylation

* Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania, USA

* Nathan M. Springer, University of Minnesota, USA

09:00—11:15
Epigenetic Systems I: DNA Methylation
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* Steven E. Jacobsen, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Jian-Kang Zhu, Purdue University, USA
Active DNA Demethylation and Epigenetic Anti-Silencing in Plants

Jonathan Cahn, University of Western Australia, Australia
Short Talk: Identification and Characterization of DNA Methylation Readers in Arabidopsis Thaliana

R. Keith Slotkin, Ohio State University, USA
Short Talk: Movement of siRNAs into Sperm Cells Directs Transposable Element Silencing

Karen M. McGinnis, Florida State University, USA
Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression in Maize

10:00—10:20
Coffee Break

Chamisa Lobby
11:15—13:00
Poster Setup

Chamisa Ballroom 2
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Chamisa Ballroom 2
11:15—17:00
On Own for Lunch

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Chamisa Lobby
17:00—19:15
Epigenetic Systems II: RNA-Mediated Regulation
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* R. Keith Slotkin, Ohio State University, USA

Andrzej T. Wierzbicki, University of Michigan, USA
Role of Long Noncoding RNA in RNA-Directed DNA Methylation

Jixian Zhai, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Short Talk: A One Precursor One siRNA Model for Pol IV-Dependent siRNA Biogenesis

Robert A. Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Heterochromatin Reprogramming and Epigenetic Inheritance: How to Avoid BadKarma

Caroline Dean, John Innes Centre, UK
Cold-Induced Epigenetic Switching at FLC

Mathew G. Lewsey, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Short Talk: Mobile Small RNAs Regulate Genome-Wide DNA Methylation

19:15—20:15
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Chamisa Ballroom 2
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 1

Chamisa Ballroom 2

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Sagebrush Lobby & Cantina
08:00—11:15
Epigenetic Systems III: Histone Modifications and Variants
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* Caroline Dean, John Innes Centre, UK

Zoya Avramova, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Chromatin Modifications at Arabidopsis Stress-Response Genes; Transient versus Persistent (epigenetic) Histone Marks in Response to Repeated Dehydration Stress

Toshiro Ito, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
Recruitment and Eviction of PcG in the Dynamics of H3K27me3

Ido Keren, SUNY-Stony Brook University, USA
Short Talk: Epigenetic Control of Organ Growth-Related Genes by OTLD1, an Arabidopsis Histone Deubiquitinase

Frederic Berger, Gregor Mendel Laboratory, Austria
Reprogramming and Indexing the Genome with Histone Variants

Inna Lermontova, Institute of Plant Genetics, Germany
Short Talk: DNA Binding Capability of the cenH3 Assembly Factor KNL2 in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Crisanto Gutiérrez, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, Spain
The Arabidopsis Chromatin Landscape: Impact on Cell Cycle and Genome Replication

09:40—10:00
Coffee Break

Chamisa Lobby
11:15—13:00
Poster Setup

Chamisa Ballroom 2
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Chamisa Ballroom 2
11:15—17:00
On Own for Lunch

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Chamisa Lobby
17:00—19:15
The Dynamic Epigenome
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* Robert A. Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria
Epigenetic Responses to Stress

Jong-Myong Kim, Riken Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan
Short Talk: Novel Epigenetic and Antisense RNA Regulation in Plant Abiotic Stress Responses

Robert Schmitz, University of Georgia, USA
Encyclopedia of Eukaryotic DNA Methylation - From Patterns to Mechanisms and Functions

Anna Amtmann, University of Glasgow, UK
Chromatin-Based Processes in Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress

Jonathan D.G. Jones, Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
Short Talk: Transcriptional Regulation of Defense Genes by the RPS4/RRS1 Intracellular Immune Receptor Complex

19:15—20:15
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Chamisa Ballroom 2
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 2

Chamisa Ballroom 2

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Sagebrush Lobby & Cantina
08:00—11:00
Nuclear Organization
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* Frederic Berger, Gregor Mendel Laboratory, Austria

Craig S. Pikaard, HHMI/Indiana University, USA
Genetics and Chromosome Engineering of Ribosomal RNA Gene Dosage Control and NOR Inactivation

Paul Fransz, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dynamic 3D-Organization of Chromosomes and Heterochromatin in Arabidopsis

Scott D. Michaels, Indiana University, USA
Large-Scale Heterochromatic Remodeling Facilitates DNA Repair

Fernando A. Rabanal, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria
Short Talk: Nucleolus Organizer Regions Genetically Interact to Silence Each Other, and Control rRNA Transcription in Arabidopsis thaliana

Fredy Barneche, Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
Light Controlled Nuclear Reorganization during Arabidopsis Seedling Development

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

Chamisa Lobby
11:00—13:00
Poster Setup

Chamisa Ballroom 2
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Chamisa Ballroom 2
11:00—17:00
On Own for Lunch

11:00—12:30
EPIC Organizational Meeting

Chamisa Ballroom 1
16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Chamisa Lobby
17:00—19:00
Epigenetic Regulation of Stem Cells and Development
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria

Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania, USA
(Re)programming of Cell Identity and Transcription in Response to Developmental or Environmental Cues

Iva Mozgová, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Short Talk: PRC2 Represses Hormone-Induced Totipotency of Plant Somatic Cells

Claude Becker, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
Plants Release Precursors of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors to Suppress Growth of Competitors

Maike Stam, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Chamisa Ballroom 2
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 3

Chamisa Ballroom 2

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Sagebrush Lobby & Cantina
08:00—11:00
Crop Epigenetics: Hybridization and Heterosis
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* Magnus Nordborg, Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria

Elizabeth S. Dennis, CSIRO, Australia
Arabidopsis Hybrids and Hybrid Mimics

Felix Seifert, University of Hamburg, Germany
Short Talk: Maize Heterosis - Antagonistic Activity of Specific Small RNA Populations

Jon Reinders, DuPont Pioneer, USA
Utilizing DNA Methylation in Breeding Programs

Nathan M. Springer, University of Minnesota, USA
Variations on a Theme: Methylome Patterning in a Complex Genome

Mario Arteaga Vázquez, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
Paramutation and Development

09:40—10:00
Coffee Break

Chamisa Lobby
11:00—17:00
On Own for Lunch

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Chamisa Lobby
17:00—18:45
Natural Variation and Ecological Epigenetics
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Chamisa Ballroom 1
* Jon Reinders, DuPont Pioneer, USA

Magnus Nordborg, Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria
Natural Variation in DNA Methylation: Causes and Consequences

Frank Johannes, Technical University Munich, Germany
Rate of Spontaneous Epimutations in A. thaliana: Facts and Prospects

Xiaofeng Cao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Post-Transcriptional Regulation Mediated by Protein Arginine Methylation

18:45—19:00
Meeting Wrap-Up: Outcomes and Future Directions (Organizers)

Chamisa Ballroom 1
19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Chamisa Ballroom 2
20:00—23:00
Entertainment
Entertainment is not subsidized by conference registration fees nor any U.S. federal government grants. Funding for this expense is provided by other revenue sources.

Chamisa Ballroom 2

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20

 
Departure


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Directors' Fund


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


National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant No. 1550703

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DuPont Nutrition and Health


DuPont Pioneer


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