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Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance Mechanisms, Water and Global Agriculture (A7)


Organizer(s) Julian I. Schroeder and Jacqueline E. Heard
January 17—22, 2011
Keystone Resort • Keystone, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 21, 2010
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 19, 2010
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 21, 2010
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 17, 2010

Sponsored by Monsanto Company

Summary of Meeting:
Plant abiotic stresses such as drought, salinity and heat together with the growing world population and per capita food consumption threaten stable global food availability. Fresh water is becoming a scarce and threatened resource for human health and nutrition, according to United Nations and World Bank reports. In arid regions, > 80 or >90 % of fresh water is used for food production for human nutrition. Furthermore, increasing salinity stress is reducing agricultural production and available crop land. Climate change and the continuing atmospheric CO2 rise will have increasingly profound effects on agriculture, abiotic stress and plant growth in arid regions. Recent research is uncovering a combination of key genes, quantitative trait loci and molecular networks that mediate plant responses to drought, salinity, heat and other abiotic stresses. Furthermore, field research and practices are being developed to cope with the predicted devastating effects of climate change on African agriculture. This conference aims to bring experts in global agriculture close together with researchers making new advances in understanding abiotic stress response mechanisms and networks in plants and will include investigation of major obstacles that will need to be overcome at several relevant levels to address this global challenge.

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Conference Program    Print  |   View meeting in 12 hr (am/pm) time


MONDAY, JANUARY 17

15:00—19:30
Registration

Shavano Peak Foyer
18:15—19:15
Refreshments

Shavano Peak Foyer
19:15—20:30
Welcome and Keynote Address
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Shavano/Red Cloud
* Julian I. Schroeder, University of California, San Diego, USA

Rob Horsch, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Major Challenges in Agricultural Development


TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Crestone
08:00—11:00
Plant Adaption and Stress Response
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Shavano/Red Cloud
* Deborah P. Delmer, University of California, Davis, USA

Dorothea Bartels, University of Bonn, Germany
Desiccation Tolerance Mechanisms in Resurrection Plants

Melvin J. Oliver, USDA-ARS, USA
Short Talk: The “Omics” of Dehydration Tolerance

Koh Iba, Kyushu University, Japan
Isolation and Characterization of Arabidopsis CO2 Response Mutants by Thermal Imaging

Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA
Genetic Control of Flooding Tolerance

Arthur Korte, University Würzburg, Germany
Short Talk: G x E GWAS: Detecting Gene-environment Interaction on a Whole Genome Level

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

Shavano Peak Foyer
11:00—13:00
Poster Setup

Crestone
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Crestone
11:00
On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Shavano Peak Foyer
17:00—19:00
Salt Tolerance, Environmental Stress and Genomic Approaches
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Shavano/Red Cloud
* Jörg Kudla, Universität Münster, Germany

Tomoaki Horie, Shinshu University, Japan
Ion and Water Homeostasis during Salinity Stress in Plants

Claudia Jonak, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria
Short Talk: High Soil Salinity: Metabolic Adaptation, Redox Balance and Signaling

Felix Hauser, University of California, San Diego, USA
Short Talk: A Genomic Scale Artificial Micro RNA Library as a Tool to Investigate the Redundant Gene Space in Arabidopsis Thaliana

John McKay, Colorado State University, USA
Drought Acclimation and Adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana….and Beyond

Insuk Lee, Yonsei University, South Korea
Short Talk: Genetic Dissection of Crop Stress Responses using a Genome Scale Gene Network for Rice

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites

Crestone
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 1

Crestone

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Crestone
08:00—10:00
Global Food Security - Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Third World Agriculture
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Shavano/Red Cloud
* Jacqueline E. Heard, , USA

Deborah P. Delmer, University of California, Davis, USA
Making Science Work for Development

Claudia Ringler, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA
The Impact of Water Scarcity on Third-World Agriculture

Miyoung Kang, Oklahoma State University, USA
Short Talk: Arabidopsis SAP5, an E3 Ubiquitin Ligase that Functions as a Positive Regulator of Stress Responses

10:00—11:00
Open Discussion: Ways in which the Research Community and Model Systems can Serve the Long-Term Needs of Global Agriculture
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Shavano/Red Cloud
* Julian I. Schroeder, University of California, San Diego, USA

* Jacqueline E. Heard, , USA

* Edwardo Blumwald, University of California, Davis, USA

* Edward S. Buckler, Cornell University, USA

* Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

Shavano Peak Foyer
11:00—13:00
Poster Setup

Crestone
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Crestone
11:00
On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Shavano Peak Foyer
17:00—19:00
Abiotic Stress Response Pathways and Signal Transduction
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Shavano/Red Cloud
* Sean Cutler, University of California, Riverside, USA

Julian I. Schroeder, University of California, San Diego, USA
Chemical Genetics: Pathogen - Abscisic Acid Interference Signaling

Philip N. Benfey, Duke University, USA
Development Rooted in Interwoven Networks

Honghong Hu, University of California, San Diego, USA
Short Talk: Carbonic Anhydrases are Upstream Regulators of CO2-Controlled Stomatal Movements and Plant Transpiration

Jörg Kudla, Universität Münster, Germany
A Ca2+ Signaling Network Functioning in Abiotic Stress Responses

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites

Crestone
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 2

Crestone

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Crestone
08:00—11:00
New Approaches to Engineering Yield Under Stress Conditions
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Shavano/Red Cloud
* Michael Metzlaff, Bayer BioScience N.V., Belgium

Edward S. Buckler, Cornell University, USA
The Genetic Architecture of Maize Functional Diversity

Edwardo Blumwald, University of California, Davis, USA
Delayed Leaf Senescence Induces Drought Tolerance in Crop Plants

Heidi M. Cederholm, Duke University, USA
Short Talk: Transcriptional Networks in Phosphate Deprivation

Jean-Marcel Ribaut, Generation Challenge Program, Mexico
Molecular Marker-Assisted Breeding for Maize Drought Tolerance

Sruthi Narayanan, Kansas State University, USA
Short Talk: Canopy Architecture and Transpiration Efficiency in Sorghum

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

Shavano Peak Foyer
11:00—13:00
Poster Setup

Crestone
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Crestone
11:00
On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Shavano Peak Foyer
17:00—19:00
Crop Improvement: Translational Research
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Shavano/Red Cloud
* Edwardo Blumwald, University of California, Davis, USA

Jacqueline E. Heard, , USA
Enhancing Drought Tolerance: Discovery to Commercial Application

Michael Metzlaff, Bayer BioScience N.V., Belgium
Engineering of Crop Plants toward Stress Tolerance Improvement

Sasha Preuss, Monsanto, USA
Short Talk: Overexpression of the Arabidoipsis BBX32 Gene in Soybean Leads to Improved Broad Acre Yield

Lizhong Xiong, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Integration of Genetic and Genomic Approaches for Drought Resistance Improvement in Rice

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites

Crestone
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 3

Crestone

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Crestone
08:00—11:00
Drought and Abscisic Acid Signal Transduction
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Shavano/Red Cloud
* Philip N. Benfey, Duke University, USA

Sarah M. Assmann, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Heterotrimeric G-Protein Signaling in ABA and Drought Responses

Elizabeth D. Getzoff, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Structural Mechanism for Signaling by Abscisic Acid Hormone Receptor Proteins

Sean Cutler, University of California, Riverside, USA
Chemical and Genetic Dissection of ABA Signaling

Erwin Grill, Technical University Munich, Germany
Dehydration and Abscisic Acid-Induced Stress Responses

Hannes Kollist, University of Tartu, Estonia
COST Action FA0605, Short Talk: Mechanisms of Reactive Oxygen Species Induced Stomatal Closure

Karsten Melcher, Van Andel Research Institute, USA
Short Talk: Structural Mechanisms of Abscisic Acid (ABA) Signaling

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

Shavano Peak Foyer
11:00
On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Shavano Peak Foyer
17:00—19:00
Heat and Abiotic Stress Networks
Meeting has ended...abstracts no longer viewable online.

Shavano/Red Cloud
* Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA

Elizabeth Vierling, University of Arizona, USA
Genetic Dissection of Thermotolerance

Maheshi Dassanayake, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Short Talk: The Genome of an Extremophile Arabidopsis-Relative: Thellungiella parvula

Michael E. Salvucci, USDA-ARS, Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, USA
From Leaf Wilting to RubisCO Deactivation: Plant Response to Heat/Drought Stress Under Natural Conditions

Kazuo Shinozaki, RIKEN Plant Science Center, Japan
Regulatory Gene Network in Early Responses to Drought Stress

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites

Crestone
20:00—23:00
Entertainment

Crestone

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22

 
Departure


*Session Chair †Invited, not yet responded.



We gratefully acknowledge support for this conference from:


Directors' Fund


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We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:

BASF Corporation Evogene Ltd.
Monsanto Company Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.

GrassRoots Biotechnology


Pioneer Hi-Bred a DuPont business

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Bayer BioScience N.V.


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