Two consortium labs storm Versailles to present their research on Brachypodium cell wall biosynthesis

The 1st European Brachypodium Workshop took place October 19-21 at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Versailles France. More than 150 scientists using B. distachyon as a research tool gathered from all corners of the world to share their experiences and results. A postdoctoral fellow from the Baskin laboratory, Karen Sanguinet Osmont, described her research on Cellulose biosynthesis and growth anisotropy. Sam Hazen described the functional characterization of candidate cell wall genes. A complete listing of the abstracts is available at the conference website. The workshop is expected to occur every two years and will be billed as the "International Brachypodium Workshop" from now on. The Brachypodium Consortium at UMass hopes to host the meeting in 2015.