UK plant science 2013

UK PlantSci 2013 is the annual conference of the UK Plant Sciences Federation which was established to showcase the wealth of plant sciences undertaken in the UK.

The meeting will provide a unique arena for all those interested and working in the plant science sector (e.g. cell biologists, industrialists, physiologists, ecologists, plant breeders, soil scientists and agriculturists) to come together and share their knowledge and expertise.
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Day One – 16th April

10:00 – 11:00 Registration and Coffee

11:00 – 11:20 Welcome and Opening

11:20 – 11:50 Keynote Speaker – Charles Godfray (University of Oxford)
Feeding 10 Billion People on a Finite Planet

Session 1 – Ecology, Environment, Biosphere/Plants in the Biosphere

11:50 – 12:20 Richard Bardgett (Lancaster Univeristy)
Plant-microbial-soil interactions in a changing world

12:20 – 12:45 Toby Pennington (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)
A molecular spotlight on the forgotten forests of South America

12:45 – 13:00 Abstract

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch



Session 2 – Inspiring Future Generations

14:00 – 14:20 Dawn Sanders ( Gothenburg University)
Re-engaging with Plants through living specimens and new technologies

14:20 – 14:40 Gary Foster (University of Bristol/BSPP)
Plant Pathology: The Past, The Present, and more importantly, The Future

14:40 – 15:00 Phil Smith (Teacher Scientist Network)
Sowing the seeds for the future of Plant Science

15:00 – 15:10 Anne Osterrieder (Oxford Brookes University)

15:10 – 15:20 To be confirmed

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee



Session 3 – Adapting to Environments

16:00 – 16:30 Mike Holdsworth (University of Nottingham)
Integrated control of Nitric Oxide sensing in plants by Group VII Ethylene Response Factors

16:30 – 17:00 Beverly Glover – (University of Cambridge)
Evolution and development of pollinator-attracting petal morphologies

17:00 – 17:30 Mikhail Semenov – (RRES)
Designing high-yielding wheat ideotypes for a changing climate

17:30 – 17:45 Catherine Kidner – (RBGE)
Using transcriptomes to understand tropical radiations

17:45 – 18:00 Abstract



18:00 – 19:30 Drinks Reception and poster session

20:00 – 22:00 Conference Dinner



Day Two – 17th April

09:00- 09:30 Keynote Speaker – David Baulcombe (University of Cambridge)



Session 4 – Plant Protection and Defence

09:30 – 10:00 Jonathan Jones (Sainsbury Centre, Norwich)
Disease resistance mediated by NB-LRR gene pairs

10:00 – 10:30 Saskia Hogenhout (John Innes Centre)
The dynamics of the three-way interactions between insect herbivores, plants and insect-vectored plant pathogens

10:30 – 11:00 Paul Birch (University of Dundee) – Pathogen Genomics
Disease or disease resistance? Pathogen effectors that act inside plant cells to trigger or suppress host immunity



11:00- 11:30 Coffee Break



Session 5 – Biology to Benefit Society

11:00 – 11:30 Robert Edwards (Fera)
Challenges and Opportunities in Translational Plant Science

11:30 – 12:00 John Pickett (Rothamsted Research)
Push-pull technology: exploiting plant secondary metabolism for defence, by GM and companion cropping

12:00 – 12:30 Sarah Gurr (University of Oxford)
Emerging fungal (and Oomycete) threats to plant and ecosystem health

12:30 – 13:00 Mark Watson (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)
Completing the inventory: floristics and conservation on a global scale



13:00 – 14:00 Lunch



Session 6 – Plants as Producers

14:00 – 14:30 George Lomonossoff (John Innes Centre)
Exploitation of empty virus-like particles from a plant virus in bionanotechnology

14:30 – 15:00 Nigel Kerby – (Mylnefield Research Services Dundee)

15:00 – 15:30 Claire Halpin (University of Dundee)
Spinning Straw into Gold: barley, biofuels and biosequestration

15:30 – 15:45 David Atkinson (British Crop Production Council)
The Science Delivering Organic Agriculture: Crop Protection Revisited

15:45 – 16:00 Abstract



Special Lecture

The annual Monogram Network Workshop will take place in Dundee from 18-19th April. To kick start the Monogram meeting there will be a CLS ‘Discovery’ lecture on Wed 17th April at 4.30pm in the Dalhousie Lecture Theatre by:

Catherine Feuillet, Research Director, INRA, CLERMONT FERRAND

“Feeding the world: recipes from the bread wheat genome”

This will be followed by an opening reception.

Those attending the UK PlantSci 2013 conference are invited to stay on for this lecture which is immediately after the close of UK PlantSci 2013.

16 Apr - 17 Apr 2013
Dundee
United Kingdom
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