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Plant Metabolic Engineering (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Dates

July 13-15, 2007

Location

Tilton School
Tilton, NH

Organizers

Chairs:
Erich Grotewold, Joe Chappell & Eleanore T. Wurtzel

Meeting Description

Plant Metabolic Engineering is an emerging field that integrates a diverse range of disciplines including plant genetics, genomics, biochemistry, chemistry and cell biology. The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) in Plant Metabolic Engineering was initiated to provide a unique opportunity for future researcher leaders to present their work in this field. It also creates an environment allowing for peer-review and critical assessment of work without the intimidation usually associated with the presence of senior investigators. The GRS immediately precedes the Plant Metabolic Engineering Gordon Research Conference and will be for and by graduate students and post-docs, with the assistance of the organizers listed below.

Participation:

We expect 30-45 graduate students/postdoc participants, most of which (ideally all) are expected to stay for the GRC that follows. Acceptance will be based on completion of an official GRS application form and submission of a one-page research abstract. The organizing committee will choose speakers for talks from the abstracts, ensuring an appropriate range of research topics and a cogent and cohesive program. To facilitate discussions and interactions, all participants, including selected speakers, are expected to present posters as well. We hope to have financial resources to help offset the registration and some travel costs for all the GRS participants.

GRS Organizing Committee

Shuiqin Wu (Postdoctoral fellow, Coordinator)
Lucille Pourcel (Postdoctoral fellow)
Faqiang Li (Graduate student)
Amy Marshall-Colón (Graduate student)

Related Meeting

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

Contributors

Meeting Program

FRIDAY
4:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 8:40 pmEleanore T. Wurtzel (Lehman College, USA)
"Launching young scientists into the future: Is this why we are here today?"
8:40 pm - 10:00 pm Welcome Party
SATURDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 amNEW ROLES FOR METABOLISM IN PLANT-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS
Discussion Leader: Faqiang Li (Lehman College, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJustin B. Runyon (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Chemical communication between parasitic plants and their hosts"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amJudith Isayenkova (University of York, UK)
"Dissecting the role of UGT 74D1 in plant hormone homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amArnaud Besserer (Université P. Sabatier, France)
"Strigolactones: ancient signaling molecules in plant rhizosphere?"
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm DEVELOPMENTAL AND CELL BIOLOGY OF PLANT METABOLISM
Discussion Leader: Amy Marshall-Colón (Purdue University, USA)
11:00 am -11:20 amLucille Pourcel (The Ohio State University, USA)
"Flavonoid metabolism and oxidation"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am -11:50 amWalter Verweij (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
"A P3A-type H+-ATPAse is required for vacuolar acidification and coloration in petunia flowers"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm -12:20 pmTawanda Zidenga (The Ohio State University, USA)
"Cyanide metabolism, protein production and post-harvest physiological deterioration in cassava"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING METABOLIC NETWORKS
Discussion Leader: Lucille Pourcel (The Ohio State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAmy Marshall-Colón (Purdue University)
"Kinetic modeling of the benzenoid/phenylpropanoid network in Petunia"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20pmAkira Iwase (Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
"Metabolome analysis of Arabidopsis defective in secondary wall formation"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmEwa Urbanczyk-Wochniak (The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, USA)
"Functional analysis of pollen exine biosynthesis using anatomically resolved metabolomics of Arabidopsis pollen mutants"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmEva Collakova (Michigan State University, USA)
"Metabolic fluxes in developing Arabidopsis embryos - Towards rational plant metabolic engineering"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:30 pmInformal Social Function
SUNDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:15 pm STRATEGIES FOR ENGINEERING PLANT METABOLISM
Discussion Leader: Shuiqin Wu (University of Kentucky, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMichael Mazourek (Cornell University, USA)
"Capsaicinoid Profile can be Engineered by Plant Breeding"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amRatnakar Vallabhaneni (Lehman College, USA)
"Genetic diversity as a resource for rational metabolic engineering"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amEzekiel Nims (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"The regulation of taxol metabolism in cell culture"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:50 amPaul Matthews (S.S. Steiner, Inc., USA)
"Economics and research strategies for metabolic engineering of niche medicinal plants"
11:50 am - 12:15 pm Open Discussion
Discussion leader: Paul Matthews
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmBusiness Meeting
12:30 pmLunch
6:00 pmGordon Research Conference begins with Dinner
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