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Multiscale Plant Vascular Biology
Gordon Research Conference

Elucidating the Roles, Limits and Consequences of Plasticity in Plant Vascular System


June 17-22, 2018


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT Site Information


Barbara Lachenbruch & Jarmila Pittermann

Vice Chairs:
Brent Helliker & Jeannine Cavender-Bares

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

This conference will focus on the roles and limits of phenotypic plasticity and trait variation in plant vascular systems on plants, populations, and ecosystems at multiple scales.

Phenotypic plasticity expands a plant's developmental and physiological repertoires in response to environment. In plant vascular systems, plasticity can be evident at scales from gene expression and cell development up to whole-plant xylem and phloem function. The implications of this plasticity are far-reaching for wild nature as well as for the managed systems upon which humans depend, affecting plant survival, growth, architecture, and interactions. Over longer periods, it may affect fitness, and thus drive variation in biodiversity, population and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeochemical cycling. Over even longer periods, this plasticity may affect species' evolutionary trajectories.

Both climate change and human-caused changes in habitat availability heighten our need to better understand plant function. More knowledge about the roles and limits of plasticity will be critical to developing realistic models of vegetation response. This conference will provide scientists at all levels an opportunity to explore plant vascular plasticity with the goal of identifying critical gaps in our knowledge and using emergent discoveries to shape future research efforts.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Multiscale Plant Vascular Biology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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The Conference Chair is currently developing a list of session titles. This information will be available by September 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.
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