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Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress
Organizer(s): Michael F. Thomashow, Elizabeth Vierling and Ray A. Bressan
Date: February 19 - 24, 2004
Location: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Supported by Keystone Symposia
Summary of Meeting:
A major challenge to the world community in coming years will be keeping food production in pace with the increasing world population. Meeting this challenge will require efforts in multiple areas, one of which will be the development of crops with increased abiotic stress tolerance. This is of importance as abiotic stresses, including drought, high salinity and extremes in temperature, cause significant losses in crop yield on an annual basis and greatly limit the geographical locations where crops can be grown. Increasing demands for water for nonagricultural uses will only exacerbate these problems in the future. Unfortunately, breeding for increased abiotic stress tolerance is difficult due in part to the multigenic nature of abiotic stress tolerance. However, recent insights into the molecular basis of stress tolerance have begun to suggest new strategies for crop improvement. As we learn more about the genes and signaling pathways involved in stress tolerance, we are beginning to understand how stress pathways overlap in regulation and function and, in certain cases, can afford cross protection against multiple stresses. The objective of this meeting is to bring together scientists who study abiotic stress and plant responses to the environment from a variety of perspectives to discuss their latest findings and consider future lines of investigation. This exchange will provide a deeper understanding of abiotic stress tolerance, a fundamental aspect of plant biology, and potentially lead to new approaches to improve the stress tolerance of agriculturally important crops for both the developed and developing world.
Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 20 2003
Discounted Registration Deadline: December 19 2003
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