The Plant Biology Graduate
Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has presented annual Plant Biology symposiums since October 2003. Each symposium has been designed to highlight an exciting area of plant biology
and has featured a daylong program of speakers, along with a poster
sessions featuring contributions from attendees.
Here is a brief listing of past symposiums:
2014 PB SYMPOSIUM: "Evolution of Plant Form and Function: Insights from the Integration of Development, Ecology and Genetics"
Faculty coordinators: Madelaine Bartlett and Jill Preston, UVM
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas
"Investigating genetic mechanisms underlying repeated patterns of floral evolution"
Department of Biology
Brigham Young University
"Bract suppression in the grasses: evolution of a novel developmental regulatory network"
Department of Biology
University of Virginia
"Bridging genes to the environment in the evolution of developmental plasticity"
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Colorado Boulder
"Evolutionary mechanisms of convergent flower color transitions"
Institute of Systematic Botany
University of Zurich, Switzerland
"Morphologies, phylogenies, and radiations: when is the evolution of a new morphology successful?"
2013 PB SYMPOSIUM: "Going the distance: Integration of Long Distance Signals in Plants", October 5th
Faculty coordinators: Elsbeth Walker and Tobias Baskin
Department of Plant Biology
"Why is there more than one mechanism of phloem loading?"
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
"Long-distance transport of RNA molecules - identity, destiny and transport motifs"
Department of Biology
University of Utah
"A long-distance signaling pathway unveiled by the Arabidopsis bypass1 mutant."
Department of Plant Pathology
University of Kentucky
"Systemic signaling in plant defense"
School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University
"Source to sink transport of organic nitrogen in plants"
2012 PB SYMPOSIUM: WAR or PEACE? Interactions between plants and microbes, October 6th
Faculty coordinators: Li-Jun Ma, Dong Wang and Alice Cheung.
Department of Biology, MIT
"Getting Inside and Living There: Bacterial Functions for Symbiosis"
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University
"Attack and defense at the interface of bacterial virulence proteins and plant immunity"
USDA-ARS, Dept of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Iowa State University
"Intersection of eQTL and functional mutagenesis in barley-powdery mildew interactions"
CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia
"Fusarium pathogenomics: Nasty tales of poisoning, hijacking and disarming the host"
Biology Department, Duke University
"Dynamic regulation of plant immune responses"
2011 PB SYMPOSIUM & WORKSHOPS: AUXIN AND EXPANSION, OCTOBER 8TH AND 9TH
Co-sponsored by the the Plant Biology Graduate
Program at UMass Amherst and the Center for Plant Integrative Biology (CPIB), University of Nottingham, UK.
Symposium coordinators - Tobias Baskin, UMass Amherst and Malcolm Bennett, CPIB, Univ. of Nottingham, UK
The Centre for Plant Integrative Biology
University of Nottingham, UK
"Systems analysis of auxin-regulated root gravitropism"
University of Missouri Columbia
"Functional Characterization of Conserved Domains/Motifs in Aux/IAA and ARF Transcription Factors."
Section of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of California San Diego
"Auxin regulation of hypocotyl growth"
Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences
University of Edinburgh, UK
"The in-vivo action of enzymes that loosen and tighten the plant cell wall"
University of Delaware
"Cell enlargement, wall deposition, and the role of auxin"
SUNDAY WORKSHOP PRESENTERS (30 min. each):
AM SESSIONS, 9 - 12 NOON:
Modeling auxin response and transport pathways
Simon's Rock College
"Developmental and biophysical constraints on auxin transport"
Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon, FR
"Integration of hormone signaling during morphogenesis at the shoot apical meristem"
University of Nottingham, UK
"Modelling auxin transport and signalling in the plant root."
University of Leeds, UK
"Context, specificity and self-organisation in auxin signalling"
PM SESSIONS, 2 - 5 PM:
Integrating the auxin response machinery with plant growth and developmental pathways
"Cell Division and Meristem Structure in Land Plants"
INRA-Université Blaise Bascal, Clermont Ferrand, FR
"From Plant Gravitropism to Posture Control: what our models of Auxin response networks should explain"
University of Montreal
"Why getting in (cell) shape is not trivial - understanding cell biology through mathematical modeling".
University of Massachusetts Amherst
"Up, down, and sideways: Remarks on anisotropic expansion."
2010 PB SYMPOSIUM: October 2nd, UMass Amherst
BIOLOGY WITHOUT BORDERS: Synergies between Plant and Animal Biology
Faculty symposium coordinators - Magdalena Bezanilla and Danny Schnell
Biology Department, Penn State University
Evolution and functions of plant microRNAs over long and short time scales
Developmental Biology, Sloan-Kettering Institute
A diversity of miRNA pathways in flies and vertebrates
Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin Madison
Atomic perspectives on phytochrome signaling
Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The role of evolutionarily ancient cytoskeleton gene families in cell polarity
Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri Columbia
The Gene Balance Hypothesis: Implications for quantitative traits, aneuploid syndromes, dosage compensation and evolutionary processes
2009 PB SYMPOSIUM: October 3rd ,UMass Amherst
Faculty symposium coordinators - Alice Cheung and Sam Hazen
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry,Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator,Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Vernalization: remembering winter with an environmentally induced epigenetic switch."
Department of Biology, Indiana University
"Roles of plant-specific RNA polymerases IV and V in siRNA-directed DNA methylation"
Department of Plant Biology, University of California, Davis
"Patterning and gamete specification in the Arabidopsis female gametophyte"
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
"Charting the Epigenomes of Plants (and People)"
Department of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota
"Natural variation for epigenetic regulation of gene expression in maize."
2008 PB SYMPOSIUM: October 18th,UMass Amherst
ECOLOGICAL GENOMICS: The Genetic Basis of Plant Adaptation
Faculty symposium coordinators - Lynn Adler and Ana Caicedo
USDA-ARS Research Geneticist and Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University
"Complex Trait Genetics in Diverse Maize"
Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Speciation and adaptation in Aquilegia: from field to genomic studies."
Department of Biology, Duke University
"Nucleotide polymorphisms and their ecological consequences in natural plant populations"
Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University
"Molecules of nectar: The food of the gods and the pilfering pollinators"
Department of Botany & Program in Ecology, University of Wyoming
"Quantitative variation in circadian rhythms and plant adaptation to heterogeneous environments"
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
"Population genomics of plant adaptation in Arabidopsis and Capsella"
2007 PB SYMPOSIUM: October 13th,UMass Amherst
PLANT BIOLOGY AND BIOENERGY
Faculty symposium coordinators - Danny Schnell and Jennifer Normanly
FREDERICK AUSUBEL- Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
"Pseudomonas aeruginosa - Arabidopsis interactions as a model to study plant cell wall degradation"
DANIEL J. COSGROVE - Pennsylvania State University
"Wall loosening by expansins"
STEPHEN J. LONG - National Center for Supercomputing Applications,
and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Achieving environmentally and economically viable biofuel feedstock crops. Why improvement of photosynthetic efficiency is critical and attainable."
CHRIS SOMERVILLE - Carnegie Institution and Stanford University
KENNETH P. VOGEL- USDA-ARS and University of Nebraska, Lincoln
"Switchgrass: Ecology, Biology, Genetics, and Agronomics of an Emerging Energy Crop"
SUSAN LESCHINE - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"A novel microbial catalyst for converting biomass to ethanol "
2006 PB SYMPOSIUM: October 14th,UMass Amherst
PHYTOEXTRACTION OF NUTRIENTS AND POLLUTANTS
Faculty symposium coordinators - Om Parkash and Elsbeth
NEIL BRUCE - University of York, UK
"Engineering plants for the phytoremediation of explosives"
NIGEL CRAWFORD - University of California, San Diego
"Genomic Studies of Nitrate, a Potent Signal, Phytonutrient and Pollutant"
RICHARD MEAGHER - University of Georgia, Athens
"Engineering plants to clean up mercury and arsenic pollution"
ELIZABETH PILON-SMITS - Colorado State University, Fort Collins
"Plant Selenium Metabolism and Phytoremediation"
PHILIP REA - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
"Phytochelatin synthase and its cousin papain - a question of catalytic bias"
ELSBETH WALKER - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Moving metals from soil to seed"
2005 PB SYMPOSIUM: October 13th, UMass Amherst
CHEMICAL PLANTS: MANIPULATING PLANT METABOLISM TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Faculty symposium coordinators -Elsbeth
Normanly and Susan
DELLAPENNA, Michigan State University
"Vitamin E Synthesis in Photosynthetic Organisms or Is
it possible to do well and good in your research at the same
KLEE, University of Florida
"Molecular approaches to understanding complex traits:
tomato flavor and nutritional quality"
ROBERTS, UMass Amherst
"Targeted Metabolic Engineering for Enhancement of Paclitaxel
Accumulation in Plant Cell Culture"
SALT, Purdue University
"Genetic Manipulation of Selenium Speciation in Plants"
SHACHAR-HILL, Michigan State University
"Mapping fluxes through plant metabolic networks"
WINKEL, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
"How do they do that? Evidence for assembly of flavonoid
enzyme complexes at the endoplasmic reticulum AND in the nucleus."
2004 PB SYMPOSIUM: October 2nd, Smith College
AND FATE IN PLANTS: PHYSIOLOGICAL TRAITS AND ECOLOGICAL SUCCESS
Faculty symposium coordinators - Peter
Alpert and Tobias
DAVIES, Lancaster University, UK
"Long distance chemical signalling from soil to roots to shoots
and the regulation of water use"
ALPERT, UMass Amherst
"Signaling and sharing between connected plants within clones"
SCHMITT, Brown University
"Ecological genomics of seasonal timing and adaptation to climate
in Arabidopsis thaliana"
BERENDSE, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
"Soil fertility, plant species, and long-term community dynamics"
REICH, University of Minnesota
"Causes and consequences of plant functional diversity: from
dappled understory to global change"
GRIME, Sheffield University, UK
"Plant strategy theory:1974 and 2004"
2003 PB SYMPOSIUM: October 4th, Smith College
CELLULAR SIGNALING IN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Faculty symposium coordinators -Danny
Schnell and Alice
JOANNE CHORY, Salk Institute
"Light, brassinosteroids, and Arabidopsis development"
NASRALLAH, Cornell University
"Receptor-ligand interactions in the self-incompatibility response
QUAIL, University of California, Berkeley
"Phytochrome photosensory signaling networks"
ASSMANN, Penn State University
"Abscisic acid signal transduction in guard cells"
CHUA, Rockefeller University
"Roles of ubiquitination and sumoylation in plant signaling
HEPLER, University of Massachusetts Amherst
"Actin/ion interactions in the control of pollen tube growth"
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