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Plant-Herbivore Interaction
Gordon Research Conference

The Changing Face of Plant-Herbivore Studies

Dates

February 24 - March 1, 2013

Location

Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA

Organizers

Chair:
Colin M. Orians

Vice Chair:
Nicole M. Van Dam

Meeting Description

The 2013 meeting will be the 12th Gordon Research Conference on Plant-Herbivore Interactions. For over 30 years, the GRC series on Plant-Herbivore Interactions has served as a premier forum for scientists investigating the ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions. In addition to being an important venue for sharing late breaking results, its broad influence makes the conference series an influential determinant of research directions in the field.

The 12th GRC on Plant-Herbivore Interactions will bring together an outstanding group of junior and senior scientists. Sessions will include evolution of plant defenses, microbial contributions to extended phenotypes, and the consequences of induction to individuals, populations and communities. The conference will embrace mechanism and theory, and link ecology and evolution. To complement the diverse themes of the session presentations, four poster sessions are scheduled for the evenings and all attendees are encouraged to contribute a poster.

The collegial atmosphere of this Conference and breadth of research areas represented, with programmed morning and evening discussion sessions and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an exciting venue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and debate across disciplinary boundaries.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmThe Changing Face of Plant-Herbivore Studies
Welcome and Session Introduction by Chair Colin Orians (Tufts University)
7:50 pm - 8:40 pmJonathan Gershenzon (Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology)
"Keynote Presentation: Franken-Plants: Is genetic engineering a monstrous benefit in studying chemical mediation of plant-herbivore interactions?"
8:40 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 11:00 pmOpening Reception
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGenetic and Ecological Drivers of Chemical Defense Evolution in Plants
Discussion Leader: Judith X. Becerra (University of Arizona)
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
9:10 am - 9:40 am Dietrich Ober (Kiel University)
"Molecular evolution of new traits - The example of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amJudith X. Becerra (University of Arizona)
"A synthetic hypothesis on plant and herbivorous insect diversity"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amLissy Coley & Thomas Kursar (University of Utah)
"The anti-herbivore defenses of the speciose Neotropical tree genus Inga: their evolution and their relationship to herbivore host choice and local tree diversity"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmSergio Rasmann (University of Lausanne)
"Evolutionary and ecological drivers of anti-herbivore defenses along ecological gradients"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
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 pmHerbivore Detoxification: New Insights from Genomics
Discussion Leader: Shai Morin (Hebrew University)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmNoah Whiteman (University of Arizona)
"The evolution of herbivory in the Drosophilidae: insights from genomics"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pmFang Zhu (University of Kentucky)
"Functional genomics on highly efficient detoxification mechanisms in Colorado potato beetle"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBeyond Secondary Chemicals: Integrating Plant Nutrients
Discussion Leader: Denise Dearing (University of Utah)
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
9:10 am - 9:40 amSpencer Behmer (Texas A&M University)
"Insect herbivore nutrition: new molecular insights"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amGeorg Jander (Boyce Thompson Institute)
"Manipulation of plant metabolism by an insect-vectored virus"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amClare McArthur (The University of Sydney)
"The variable effectiveness of plant defense compounds in a nutrient backdrop"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmJennifer Forbey (Boise State University)
"From lab to landscape: scaling up dose-response curves in plant-herbivore systems"
12:10 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 pmPlant Mediated Interactions
Discussion Leader: Nicole van Dam (Radboud University Nijmegen)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmCoco Gómez (University of Rhode Island)
"Exotic herbivore interactions: scaling down from landscape patterns to plant and insect responses"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pmLee Dyer (University of Nevada, Reno)
"Ubiquitous defensive synergies and trophic interactions"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmConsequences of Induction: From Individuals to Communities
Discussion Leader: Erik Poelman (Wageningen University)
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
9:10 am - 9:40 amGregg Howe (Michigan State University)
"Jasmonate-induced plant defenses that target insect digestive physiology"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amMonika Hilker (Freie Universität Berlin)
"Information transfer across trophic levels: Plants, insect eggs, and parasitoids"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amAndre Kessler (Cornell University)
"Ecological functions of induced plant responses to herbivory and the evolution of inducibility"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmNora Underwood (Florida State University)
"Population-level consequences of associational effects: the influence of neighborhood on induced resistance and herbivore spatial distribution"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmShifting Interactions in a Changing World: Human-Altered Plantscapes
Discussion Leader: John Orrock (University of Wisconsin)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmPeter Hambäck (Stockholm University)
"Translating spatial heterogeneity in resources to insect densities: The role of search cues"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pmAaron Gassmann (Iowa State University)
"Crop-insect interactions: the response of pests to transgenic agriculture"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmExtended Phenotypes: Probing the Microbial World
Discussion Leader: Martin Heil (Cinvestav)
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
9:10 am - 9:40 amKari Saikkonen (MTT Agrifood Research Finland)
"Fungal endophytes - ubiquitous plant mutualists?"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amAngela Douglas (Cornell University)
"Symbiotic microorganisms in phytophagous insect nutrition: how to make plants 'easy meat'"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amSunshine Van Bael (Tulane University)
"Interacting symbioses: Leaf endophyte load and fungal garden development in leaf-cutting ants"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmKelli Hoover (Penn State University)
"Genetic basis for the extended phenotype in a host-baculovirus system"
12:10 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 pmShifting Interactions in a Changing World: Climate Change
Discussion Leader: Christer Björkman (Swedish Agricultural University)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader - Announcements and Session Introduction
7:45 pm - 8:15 pmEvan DeLucia (University of Illinois)
"Reorganization of trophic dynamics in ecosystems exposed to elevated CO2 and temperature?"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:00 pmElizabeth Crone (Harvard University)
"What drives herbivore population increases? Effects of changing climate, habitat, and hostplants on Baltimore checkerspot butterflies"
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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