The meeting will address recent advances in understanding water and salt stress resistance and highlight insights emerging from cell biology and biochemistry, genomics and ecophysiology. Talks will consider a diversity of mechanisms - from the molecular to organismic level - that influence cellular activities, developmental programs and whole-plant physiology. Emphasis will be placed on mechanistic information gained from model and non-model systems that can be translated to crop improvement. Topics will include new progress in understanding stress signaling, gene and response regulatory systems, ion and water homeostasis, photosynthesis, as well as developmental plasticity. Leveraging climate change models and the challenges of ensuring the stress resilience of agricultural crops will also be addressed. The importance of this GRC topic for food global security is reflected in the draw of speakers and participants from all over the globe.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Cell Biology of Water Stress
- Mechanisms of Perception and Signaling
- Developmental Responses to Water Stress
- Climate Change and Agriculture
- Adaptation to Water Stress and Salinity
- Root-Soil Interface and Transport of Ions and Water in Plants
- Tissue Hydraulics
- Genomic Approaches to Understanding Stress Acclimation
- Interfaces Between Water, Biotic Stress and Other Environmental Factors