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Plant Cell Walls (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Plant Cell Wall Research: From Structure to Sustainability


July 11-12, 2015


Bentley University
Waltham, MA


Suryatapa Jha

Associate Chair:
Miranda J. Meents

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Plant Cell Walls is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Research on plant cell walls has pioneered our understanding of plant growth and cell function. This meeting will focus on cell wall research that is likely to contribute to our understanding of sustainability and the ultimate quality of the ecosystem. Of particular interest is research related to biofuel production from lignocellulose materials and the role of the cell wall in supporting biotic and abiotic stress responses in plants.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Plant Cell Walls" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Biosynthesis and Structure of Plant Cell Walls
Discussion Leader: Sarah Kiemle (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:25 pmAntony Bacic (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
"A 'Down-Under' Perspective of Walls"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCell Wall Biosynthesis
Discussion Leader: Peter Grones (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences / Umea Plant Science Center, Sweden)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:45 pmYoichiro Watanabe (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Live Cell Imaging of Protoxylem Tracheary Elements Reveals Faster Velocities of Cellulose Synthases in Secondary Cell Wall Formation"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmAlan Culbertson (Iowa State University, USA)
"Protein-Protein Interactions and Substrate Binding of Xyloglucan Biosynthetic Enzymes"
8:00 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmKristen Engle (University of Georgia, USA)
"Determining Pectin Biosynthetic Activity of Single and Co-Expressed Arabidopsis GAUT Genes Using the HEK293 Cell Expression System"
8:15 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmMiriam Schreiber (University of Dundee, United Kingdom)
"Identification of Genes Involved in β-Glucan Synthesis"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmCatalin Voiniciuc (Jülich Research Centre, Germany)
"MUCI10, a Putative Glucomannan Galactosyltransferase, Defines the Density of Arabidopsis Seed Mucilage"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmTian Zhang (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Distinctive Microfibril Motions Detected by AFM During Physical Extension and Cell Wall Loosening"
9:00 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmMiki Fujita (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Live-Cell Imaging of Fluorescently-Tagged COBRA GPI-Anchored Protein in Elongating Cells of Arabidopsis thaliana"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amRole of Cell Wall in Development and Environmental Interactions
Discussion Leader: Sarah Kiemle (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:15 amEmmanuelle Dheilly (National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), France)
"Cell Walls Evolution During Apple Development and Ripening"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:30 amSara Pose-Albacete (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
"Gaining Insights into Cell Wall Polymer Heterogeneity and Cross-Links During Tomato Fruit Ripening Using Epitope Detection Chromatography"
9:30 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 9:45 amHaibing Yang (Purdue University, USA)
"Determining Cell Wall Factors that Control Cell-Cell Adhesion for Improvement of Biomass Comminution in Feedstock Crops"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:00 amRachel Mertz (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA)
"Suberin Feruloylation Is Not Required for CO2 Concentration in the Maize Bundle Sheath"
10:00 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:15 amTimo Engelsdorf (Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway)
"Receptor-Like Kinases Shape Responses to Cell Wall Integrity Impairment"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:30 amRhea Stoppel (Joint BioEnergy Institute, USA)
"A Lipid-Transfer Protein Involved in Drought Response and Signaling from the Secondary Cell Wall"
10:30 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 10:45 amRefik Bozbuga (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
"Distinct Cell Wall Molecular Architectures of Feeding Site of the Plant Parasitic Nematode Meloidogyne incognita"
10:45 am - 10:50 amDiscussion
10:50 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
The career panel will be followed by a question and answer period.
Discussion Leaders: Suryatapa Jha (University of Vermont, USA) and Miranda Meents (University of British Columbia, Canada)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"'Typical' and 'Alternate' Career Paths in Science"
  • Antony Bacic (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • David Domozych (Skidmore College, USA)
  • Ryan Philippe (Manus Biosynthesis, USA)
  • Lacey Samuels (University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada)
  • Archana Vaithilingam (Decision Resources Group, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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