The meeting will bring together researchers endeavoring to discover the mechanistic basis of stress tolerance in plants at different scales of organization. Our program represents an acknowledgement of the holistic nature of plant-environmental interactions and the need to integrate research topics that span molecular, cellular, developmental, ecological and global scales. The program will focus on salinity and other water-associated stresses, and will now also include pioneering work that examines the interface between these stresses and the biotic realm. Presentations will highlight the power of model systems, tackle evolutionary questions spanning species boundaries, and examine the nexus between basic and applied research using globally relevant crops. Through this interdisciplinary forum, we hope to pool together researchers that are answering the most compelling scientific questions with the broadest impact.
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. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Keynote Session: Mechanisms of Stress Signaling and Tolerance
- Signaling Mechanisms and Stress Response
- Cellular Organization and Stress Response
- Genomic Approaches to Understanding Stress Acclimation
- Adaptation to Water Stress and Salinity
- Rhizosphere Interfaces with Soil, Water and Ions
- Interfaces with Soil and Microbes
- Tissue Hydraulics and Plant Physiology
- Photosynthesis, Climate Change and Agriculture