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Plant Responses to Abiotic Stress (E2)

Organizer(s) Elizabeth Vierling and Heribert Hirt
April 8—13, 2006
Copper Mountain Resort • Copper Mountain, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 8, 2005
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 3, 2006
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 8, 2005
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 8, 2006

Supported by The Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Developing crops with tolerance to drought, temperature and other abiotic stresses is essential not only for stability of the world food supply, but also for conserving limited water and land resources. Progress in functional genomics is now defining critical functional and regulatory nodes important in multiple stress responses. Furthermore, molecular approaches to defining complex gene interactions in experimental and wild plant populations are providing insight into characteristics that confer stress tolerance. The objective of this Keystone Meeting will be to bring together researchers using molecular and systems approaches to understanding abiotic stress, from evolutionary adaptation to cell signaling, gene networks and crop improvement. Participants will gain new insight into the common features of different stress responses and their integration throughout the plant life cycle. Ultimately, this should lead to new approaches to improving the stress tolerance of agriculturally important crops, and a better understanding of evolutionary responses to the abiotic environment.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 8, 2005 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
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Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


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Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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