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CO2 Assimilation in Plants: Genome to Biome
(This meeting is currently known as "CO2 Assimilation in Plants From Genome to Biome")
August 17-22, 2008
University of New England
Biddeford, ME

Formerly entitled “CO2 Fixation and Metabolism in Green Plants”, this long-standing Gordon Research Conference has been held on a triennial basis since 1976. In 1990 the participants decided to alternate between sites in the U.S. and outside the U.S. The 2005 conference was held in Europe at the Centre Paul Langevin in Aussois, France, so the 2008 conference returns to a U.S. site - the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.

The 2008 conference covers basic plant research related to photosynthesis and the subsequent regulation and engineering of carbon assimilation. Approaches that range from post-genomic technologies and systems biology, through to fundamental biochemistry, physiology and molecular biology are integrated within ecological and agronomic contexts. As such, the meeting provides the rare opportunity of a single venue for discussing all aspects of the “carbon-side” of photosynthesis - from genome to biome. The 2008 conference will include an emphasis on the central role of carbon assimilation by plants for developing new sources of bioenergy and for achieving a carbon-neutral planet. A special characteristic of this conference is its “intimacy” with approximately 110 conferees, ranging from beginning graduate students and postdoctoral associates to leading senior plant scientists, engaged in open and forward-thinking discussions in an informal, friendly setting. With extended time devoted to discussion, and the encouragement to challenge dogma, it is unlike other meetings in the U.S. or abroad. Another novel feature of the conference is a session devoted to the latest “hot off the press” findings by both established and early career scientists, picked from the abstracts. Together with an expanded poster discussion in the evening sessions, this session provides an opportunity for early career scientists to present interesting new data and to “test drive” hypotheses in a collegial atmosphere.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff & Co-Chairs: Michael Salvucci (USDA-ARS, USA) & Anne Borland (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
7:45 pm - 9:30 pm ENTRY OF CO2 INTO LEAVES
Discussion Leader: Francesco Loreto (CNR-IBAF, Italy)
7:45 pm - 8:05 pm Discussion Leader's Introductory Remarks
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmJaume Flexas (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
"Rapid changes of mesophyll conductance in response to environmental variables"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:00 pmJohn Evans (Australian National University, Australia)
"Significant limitations to CO2 diffusion inside leaves: a popular concept but problematic methodology"
9:00 pm - 9:05 pm Discussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Conference Social Hour
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pm CARBON CONCENTRATING MECHANISMS
Discussion Leader: George Espie (University of Toronto, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader’s Introductory Remarks
9:10 am - 9:35 amDean Price (Australian National University, Australia)
"The cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism: transporters, carboxysomes and consideration of components that might be useful for improving plant performance"
9:35 am - 9:40 am Discussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amHideya Fukuzawa (Kyoto University, Japan)
"CO2-sensing system and inorganic carbon transport in a green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii"
10:05 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:05 amCheryl Kerfeld (DOE Joint Genome Institute, US)
"Structure and Function of the Carboxysome: A Bacterial Organelle for CO2 Capture"
11:05 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amYusuke Matsuda (Kwansei-Gakuin University, Japan)
"Roles of chloroplastic carbonic anhydrases and CO2-sensing mechanisms in marine diatoms"
11:35 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 12:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmContributed Poster Session I - CO2 Uptake by Photosynthetic Organisms
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm POSTER DISCUSSION I- CO2 UPTAKE BY PHOTOSYNTHETIC ORGANISMS
Interactive Discussion Period for Posters from Session I
Discussion Leaders: Francesco Loreto (Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR)) & George Espie (University of Toronto)
8:05 pm - 9:30 pm NEW TARGETS FOR REDOX REGULATION OF CARBON METABOLISM
Discussion Leader: Renate Schiebe (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
8:05 pm - 8:15 pm Discussion Leader’s Introductory Remarks
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmFrancesca Sparla (University of Bologna, Italy)
"The role of the small intrinsically unstructured protein CP12 in the regulation of carbon metabolism"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pm Discussion
8:45 pm - 9:10 pmToru Hisabori (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
"New target enzymes for redox regulation in chloroplasts revealed by thioredoxin affinity chromatography"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm ENGINEERING OF CO2 ASSIMILATION
Discussion Leader: Robert J. Spreitzer (University of Nebraska, US)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader’s Introductory Remarks
9:10 am - 9:35 amGenhai Zhu (Pioneer HiBred, Inc., USA)
"Strategies for engineering an improved Rubisco for increased crop productivity"
9:35 am - 9:40 am Discussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amSpencer Whitney (Australian National University, Australia)
"Understanding Rubisco biology using plastome transformation"
10:05 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:05 amChristoph Peterhaensel (Institute for Biology I, Aachen, Germany)
"Enhancement of plant productivity by reduction of photorespiration"
11:05 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amManajit Hayer-Hartl (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany)
"Role of Molecular Chaperones in Rubisco Folding and Assembly"
11:35 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 12:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmContributed Poster Session II - Regulation, evolution and engineering of C3, CAM and C4 pathways
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm POSTER DISCUSSION II- REGULATION, EVOLUTION AND ENGINEERING OF C3, CAM AND C4 PATHWAYS
Interactive Discussion Period for Posters from Session II
Discussion Leaders: Renate Scheibe (University of Osnabrück, Germany) & Robert Spreitzer (University of Nebraska, US)
8:05 pm - 9:30 pm CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY CROPS: PROSPECTS FOR ACHIEVING A CARBON NEUTRAL SOCIETY
Discussion Leader: Christine Raines (University of Essex, UK)
8:05 pm - 8:15 pm Discussion Leader’s Introductory Remarks
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmAndrew Leakey (University of Illinois, USA)
"Genomic ecology of plant-environment interactions"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pm Discussion
8:45 pm - 9:10 pmGail Taylor (University of Southampton, UK)
"Energy crops: Current status and future prospects"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm EARLY CAREER/HOT-OFF-THE-PRESSES SHORT TALKS
(short talks to be picked from the abstracts)
Discussion Leader: James Moroney (Louisiana State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 am Discussion Leader’s Introductory Remarks
9:15 am - 9:30 amWataru Yamori (Australian National University, Australia)
"Effects of Rubisco activase content on the temperature dependence of CO2 assimilation rate and Rubisco activation state"
9:30 am - 9:35 am Discussion
9:35 am - 9:50 amElizabete Carmo-Silva (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
"Rubisco properties and regulation in C4 grasses under drought stress"
9:50 am - 9:55 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:45 amSascha Offermann (Washington State University, US)
"The histone code of photosynthetic genes in maize"
10:45 am - 10:50 am Discussion
10:50 am - 11:05 amSarah Covshoff (University of Cambridge, UK)
"Regulation of C4 differentiation in Zea mays"
11:05 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:25 amYoshinori Tsuji (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
"The photosynthetic carbon assimilation in the coccolithophorid, Emiliania huxleyi (Haptophyta): Contribution of β-carboxylases"
11:25 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 11:45 amScarlett Trimborn (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany)
"Effects of CO2 on growth, photosynthesis and carbon acquisition of key diatom species with emphasis on the Southern Ocean"
11:45 am - 11:50 am Discussion
11:50 am - 12:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmContributed Poster Session III - Environmental aspects of photosynthesis
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm POSTER DISCUSSION III- ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS
Interactive Discussion Period for Posters from Session III
Discussion Leaders: Christine Raines (University of Essex, UK) & Joseph Berry (Carnegie Institution, Stanford, USA)
8:05 pm - 9:30 pm PHOTOSYNTHESIS IN THE GLOBAL CARBON BALANCE
Discussion Leader: Joseph Berry (Carnegie Institution, Stanford, USA)
8:05 pm - 8:15 pm Discussion Leader’s Introductory Remarks
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmDan Yakir (Weizmann Institute, Israel)
"Carbonyl sulfide (COS), a new tracer linking chloroplasts to atmospheric dynamics"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pm Discussion
8:45 pm - 9:10 pmMichael Behrenfeld (Oregon State University, USA)
"A physiological perspective on the link between global ocean productivity and climate"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pm Discussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting: Part I
(Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms)
9:00 am - 12:30 pm C4 and CAM PHOTOSYNTHESIS
Discussion Leader: Carlos Andreo (University of Rosario, Argentina)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader’s Introductory Remarks
9:10 am - 9:35 amRowan Sage (University of Toronto, Canada)
"The Evolution of C4 Photosynthesis"
9:35 am - 9:40 am Discussion
9:40 am - 10:05 amJames Hartwell (University of Liverpool, UK)
"Molecular dissection of the circadian coordination of Crassulacean acid metabolism using ultra high-throughput pyrosequencing"
10:05 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am Coffee Break
10:40 am - 11:05 amGerald Edwards (Washington State University, USA)
"Breaking the Kranz paradigm in terrestrial C4 plants"
11:05 am - 11:10 am Discussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amMitsue Miyao (NIAS, Tsukuba, Japan)
"Metabolic consequences of transgenic rice overproducing four C4 enzymes"
11:35 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 12:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time / Optional Group Excursion
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:20 pmBusiness Meeting: Part II
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
8:20 pm - 9:30 pm INTEGRATED PROCESSES IN PHOTOSYNTHESIS
Discussion Leader: Anne Borland (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion Leader’s Introductory Remarks
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmRobert Furbank (CSIRO, Australia)
"Photosynthetic carbon metabolism: the beating heart of integrative plant biology"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Interactive Discussion Period
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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