Plant Abiotic Stress and Sustainable Agriculture: Translating Basic Understanding to Food Production

The world must immediately increase global crop production to meet the food, fiber and bio-fuel demands of our growing population. This challenge is complicated by a decline in arable farmland due to human occupancy and soil degradation. Crop production is also compromised by an increased occurrence of severe weather events due to global climate change. To meet human needs, major crops must be rapidly modified to ensure productivity in extreme environments. A major target is the improvement of tolerance to abiotic stresses including extremes in water availability, temperature, as well as soil contamination by salts, phosphate and heavy metals. Allied with abiotic stress tolerance is the need to improve crop yields in nutrient poor soils. Genetic diversity for stress tolerance and nutrient acquisition exists within some crop species. The molecular genetic basis of this diversity is being identified and harnessed into cultivars by marker-assisted breeding. The use of functional genomics to dissect abiotic stress sensing and signaling networks and the downstream adjustments in metabolism and development can provide additional solutions for crop improvement through genetic engineering. The emergence of deep-sequencing promises to permit rapid exploration of abiotic tolerance mechanisms of non-crop plants. Finally, the efforts to precisely define abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms can aid the effective pyramiding of multiple tolerances in a single plant. This Keystone symposium will highlight progress in the dissection of the molecular basis of abiotic stress tolerance and the practices that enable rapid translation of abiotic stress tolerance to the farmer�s field.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

16:00—20:00
Arrival and Registration

Chamisa Lobby

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Los Vaqueros
08:00—09:00
Welcome and Keynote Address
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Marc Van Montagu, Ghent University, Belgium
Embracing Global Challenges in Agriculture

09:00—11:15
Harnessing Genetic Diversity to Improve Crop Stress Tolerance
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Mark Tester, University of Adelaide, Australia
Harnessing Diversity for Salt and Drought Tolerance in Cereals

Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA
Mechanisms of Flooding Tolerance in Rice

Sigrid Heuer, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
Molecular Breeding and Genes for Rice with Low-Phosphorus Tolerance

Short Talks Chosen from Abstracts

09:40—10:00
Coffee Break

Chamisa Lobby
11:15—13:00
Poster Setup

Chamisa Ballroom 2
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Chamisa Ballroom 2

On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Chamisa Lobby
17:00—19:00
Extremes in Water Availability: From Genes to Field
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Rens Voesenek, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Submergence Coping Mechanisms in Wild Species

Kazuo Shinozaki, RIKEN Plant Science Center, Japan
Omics of Abiotic Stresses: Networks and Responses

Michael L. Nuccio, Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc., USA
Improvement of Drought Tolerance in Crops

Short Talk Chosen from Abstracts

19:00—20:00
Social Hour w/ Lite Bites

Chamisa Ballroom 2
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 1

Chamisa Ballroom 2

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Los Vaqueros
08:00—11:00
Understanding and Improving Water Use Efficiency
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Michael V. Mickelbart, Purdue University, USA
Mechanisms Underlying Water Use Efficiency

Alistair Hetherington, University of Bristol, UK
Environmental Regulation of Stomatal Dynamics

Dominique Bergmann, Stanford University, USA
Stomatal Pattern: Developmental Regulation and Functional Consequences in Representative Monocot and Dicot Species

Short Talks Chosen from Abstracts

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

Chamisa Lobby
11:00—13:00
Poster Setup

Chamisa Ballroom 2
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Chamisa Ballroom 2

On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Chamisa Lobby
17:00—19:00
Stress Sensing, Signaling and Response Networks
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Sean Cutler, University of California, Riverside, USA
Structure and Function of ABA Receptors

Jian-Kang Zhu, Purdue University, USA
Osmotic Stress Sensing and Signaling in Arabidopsis

Ron Mittler, University of North Texas, USA
Dissecting the Rapid Systemic Signaling Pathway of Plants

Short Talk Chosen from Abstracts

19:00—20:00
Social Hour w/ Lite Bites

Chamisa Ballroom 2
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 2

Chamisa Ballroom 2

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Los Vaqueros
17:00—19:00
Roots and their Environment
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Luis Herrera-Estrella, Cinvestav, Mexico
Root Architecture Remodeling for Nutrient Acquisition

Leon V. Kochian, Cornell University, USA
How Do Plants Tolerate Toxic Metals in the Soil? Aluminum Tolerance as an Example

Mary Lou Guerinot, Dartmouth College, USA
From the Soil to the Seed: Metal Homeostasis in Plants

Maria J. Harrison, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, USA
Interrelationship Between Plant Phosphate Acquisition and Mycorrhizae

09:20—09:40
Coffee Break

Chamisa Lobby
11:00—13:00
Poster Setup

Chamisa Ballroom 2
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

Chamisa Ballroom 2

On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Chamisa Lobby
17:00—19:00
Stress Systems Biology to Genetic Variation
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Jerzy Paszkowski, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Epigenetics Regulation of Abiotic Stress Responses

Philip N. Benfey, Duke University, USA
Systems Integrating Root Development and Environmental Cues

Dirk Inzé, Ghent University-VIB, Belgium
Impact of Stress on Growth and Development

Short Talk Chosen from Abstracts

19:00—20:00
Social Hour w/ Lite Bites

Chamisa Ballroom 2
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 3

Chamisa Ballroom 2

MONDAY, JANUARY 21

07:00—08:00
Breakfast

Los Vaqueros
08:00—11:00
Challenges and Solutions in the Field
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Donald E. Nelson, Monsanto Company, USA
Advances in Engineering Abiotic Tolerance in Key Crops

Mitch R. Tuinstra, Purdue University, USA
Prospects for Adapting Maize to Drought and High-Temperature Stresses

Richard James, CSIRO, Australia
Development and Evaluation of Salt-Tolerant Wheat

Short Talks Chosen from Abstracts

09:00—09:20
Coffee Break

Chamisa Lobby

On Own for Lunch and Recreation

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

Chamisa Lobby
17:00—19:00
Global Climate Change: CO2 and Temperature
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 12/17/2012

Chamisa Ballroom 1
Philip Wigge, John Innes Centre, UK
Temperature Sensing Pathways in Plants

Lisa Ainsworth, USDA ARS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Maximizing Soybean Production in a High CO2 World

Susan von Caemmerer, Australian National University, Australia
Impacts of Elevated CO2 on Photosynthesis and Other Processes

Short Talk Chosen from Abstracts

19:00—20:00
Social Hour w/ Lite Bites

Chamisa Ballroom 2
20:00—23:00
Entertainment

Chamisa Ballroom 2

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22


Departure


*Session Chair †Speaker invited, not yet responded.

17 Jan - 22 Jan 2013
Taos
United States of America
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