Plant-Herbivore Interaction The Changing Face of Plant-Herbivore Studies



The 2013 meeting will be the 12th Gordon Research Conference on Plant-Herbivore Interactions. For over 30 years, the GRC series on Plant-Herbivore Interactions has served as a premier forum for scientists investigating the ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions. In addition to being an important venue for sharing late breaking results, its broad influence makes the conference series an influential determinant of research directions in the field.

The 12th GRC on Plant-Herbivore Interactions will bring together an outstanding group of junior and senior scientists. Sessions will include evolution of plant defenses, microbial contributions to extended phenotypes, and the consequences of induction to individuals, populations and communities. The conference will embrace mechanism and theory, and link ecology and evolution. To complement the diverse themes of the session presentations, four poster sessions are scheduled for the evenings and all attendees are encouraged to contribute a poster.

The collegial atmosphere of this Conference and breadth of research areas represented, with programmed morning and evening discussion sessions and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an exciting venue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and debate across disciplinary boundaries.

Application to Attend the Conference: Individuals interested in attending the conference should apply online. It is expected that the majority of the applications will be accompanied by an abstract that will be presented as a poster. Logistics for poster presentations will be provided several months before the conference.

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SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Arrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Welcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm The Changing Face of Plant-Herbivore Studies
Welcome and Session Introduction by Chair Colin Orians (Tufts University)
7:50 pm - 8:40 pm Jonathan Gershenzon (Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology)
"Keynote Presentation: Franken-Plants: Is genetic engineering a monstrous benefit in studying chemical mediation of plant-herbivore interactions?"
8:40 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Opening Reception
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Genetic and Ecological Drivers of Chemical Defense Evolution in Plants
Discussion Leader: Judith X. Becerra (University of Arizona)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
9:10 am - 9:40 am Dietrich Ober (Kiel University)
"Molecular evolution of new traits - The example of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids"
9:40 am - 9:50 am Discussion
9:50 am - 10:20 am Pär Ingvarsson (Umeå University)
"Molecular population genetics and evolution of constitutive and wound-induced defenses in European aspen (Populus tremula)"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Group Photo / Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Lissy Coley & Thomas Kursar (University of Utah)
"The anti-herbivore defenses of the speciose Neotropical tree genus Inga: their evolution and their relationship to herbivore host choice and local tree diversity"
11:30 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pm Sergio Rasmann (University of Lausanne)
"Evolutionary and ecological drivers of anti-herbivore defenses along ecological gradients"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Herbivore Detoxification: New Insights from Genomics
Discussion Leader: Shai Morin (Hebrew University)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Discussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
7:45 pm - 8:15 pm Noah Whiteman (University of Arizona)
"The evolution of herbivory in the Drosophilidae: insights from genomics"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Reddy Palli (University of Kentucky)
"Functional genomics on highly efficient detoxification mechanisms in Colorado potato beetle"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Beyond Secondary Chemicals: Integrating Plant Nutrients
Discussion Leader: Denise Dearing (University of Utah)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
9:10 am - 9:40 am Spencer Behmer (Texas A&M University)
"Insect herbivore nutrition: new molecular insights"
9:40 am - 9:50 am Discussion
9:50 am - 10:20 am Georg Jander (Boyce Thompson Institute)
"Manipulation of plant metabolism by an insect-vectored virus"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Clare McArthur (The University of Sydney)
"The variable effectiveness of plant defense compounds in a nutrient backdrop"
11:30 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pm Jennifer Forbey (Boise State University)
"From lab to landscape: scaling up dose-response curves in plant-herbivore systems"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Plant Mediated Interactions
Discussion Leader: Nicole van Dam (Radboud University Nijmegen)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Discussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
7:45 pm - 8:15 pm Coco Gómez (University of Rhode Island)
"Exotic herbivore interactions: scaling down from landscape patterns to plant and insect responses"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Lee Dyer (University of Nevada, Reno)
"Ubiquitous defensive synergies and trophic interactions"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Consequences of Induction: From Individuals to Communities
Discussion Leader: Erik Poelman (Wageningen University)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
9:10 am - 9:40 am Gregg Howe (Michigan State University)
"Jasmonate-induced plant defenses that target insect digestive physiology"
9:40 am - 9:50 am Discussion
9:50 am - 10:20 am Monika Hilker (Freie Universität Berlin)
"Information transfer across trophic levels: Plants, insect eggs, and parasitoids"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Andre Kessler (Cornell University)
"Ecological functions of induced plant responses to herbivory and the evolution of inducibility"
11:30 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pm Nora Underwood (Florida State University)
"Population-level consequences of associational effects: the influence of neighborhood on induced resistance and herbivore spatial distribution"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Business Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Shifting Interactions in a Changing World: Human-Altered Plantscapes
Discussion Leader: John Orrock (University of Wisconsin)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Discussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
7:45 pm - 8:15 pm Peter Hambäck (Stockholm University)
"Translating spatial heterogeneity in resources to insect densities: The role of search cues"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Aaron Gassmann (Iowa State University)
"Crop-insect interactions: the response of pests to transgenic agriculture"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Extended Phenotypes: Probing the Microbial World
Discussion Leader: Martin Heil (Cinvestav)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
9:10 am - 9:40 am Kari Saikkonen (MTT Agrifood Research Finland)
"Fungal endophytes - ubiquitous plant mutualists?"
9:40 am - 9:50 am Discussion
9:50 am - 10:20 am Angela Douglas (Cornell University)
"Symbiotic microorganisms in phytophagous insect nutrition: how to make plants 'easy meat'"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am Kerry Oliver (University of Georgia)
"Outsourcing defense: symbiont-based protection in herbivorous insects"
11:30 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pm Kelli Hoover (Penn State University)
"Genetic basis for the extended phenotype in a host-baculovirus system"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Shifting Interactions in a Changing World: Climate Change
Discussion Leader: Christer Björkman (Swedish Agricultural University)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Discussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
7:45 pm - 8:15 pm Evan DeLucia (University of Illinois)
"Reorganization of trophic dynamics in ecosystems exposed to elevated CO2 and temperature?"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Elizabeth Crone (Harvard University)
"What drives herbivore population increases? Effects of changing climate, habitat, and hostplants on Baltimore checkerspot butterflies"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Departure

24 Feb - 1 Mar 2013
Ventura
United States of America
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