Transgenic Plant Workshop - an Update

C. S. Prakash Prakash at ACD.TUSK.EDU
Tue Feb 13 22:38:24 EST 1996

Dear Arabidopsis Community:

Here is the updated information on the workshop on transgenic plants at
Tuskegee University.  Please note that we now require pre-registration with
payment to get a reasonable estimate of the audience number.  We now have a
website for the workshop and please check it up for latest information.   A
few new speakers have been added since the last announcement.

         The Center for Plant Biotechnology Research, Tuskegee University,
USA is hosting a workshop  on transgenic plants  (April 20-22, 1996) with
support from NSF and USDA.  The workshop aims to provide a forum for
students, teachers and researchers to learn first-hand the latest
developments in transgenic plant research from leading scientists, enhance
increased student participation in plant molecular biology and promote
networking of students with the established plant molecular biologists.

        May I request you to please publicize this event to your faculty
and students through your newsletter, Website and Internet mailings?   I
also call upon companies to set up exhibit of their products and services.
May I also encourage Graduate Program Mangers to send in their
representatives to promote your programs and activities at this event?
Thank you for your consideration,


C. S. Prakash, Ph. D.
Center for Plant Biotechnology Research
Tuskegee University.

Here is a short announcement for your "Calendar of Events"
Workshop on Transgenic Plants: Biology and Applications, April 20-22,
Tuskegee University.  Contact Dr. C. S. Prakash, School of Agriculture,
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088, USA.  Prakash at Acd.Tusk.Edu; Phone
(334) 727-8023; Fax (334) 727-8552.

Detailed announcement......

Workshop on Transgenic Plants: Biology and Applications

April 20-22, 1996
Tuskegee University
Kellogg Executive Conference Center

The highlights of the workshop include...

*       Lectures by nearly 20  eminent scientists on the current status of
research on transgenic plants including  fundamental biology, techniques,
agricultural improvement, commercial applications, ethical issues  and
social considerations.
*       Special Session
        * 'Plant Genome Database'.
        * 'How Internet Can Enhance Your Research Productivity'.
        * 'Teaching Transgenic Plants to Undergraduates'.
*       Panel discussion on strategies for enhancing minority participation
in plant molecular biology research.
*       Talks by federal agency representatives on funding opportunities to
support plant research.
*       Commercial exhibits from biotechnology companies.
*       Exhibits on various Ph. D. programs around the country with
information on graduate assistantships.
*       Tour of the Plant Molecular Genetics Laboratories at Tuskegee
*        Poster session for exposure of student research
*        Luncheon and Banquet Lectures

        A limited travel funding is available for underrepresented minority
undergraduate and graduate students from U. S.  Please contact Dr. C. S.
Prakash immediately for information on this funding.

Please check the World Wide Web site on the Internet for latest information
on the workshop (including local map and directions from the airport):


Saturday April 20, 1996
6 - 8 PM:       Registration
7 PM:   Reception/Cocktail
                        -Supported by Private Companies

Sunday, April 21, 1996

8 AM:  Welcome : Dr. Benjamin Payton, President, Tuskegee University

Plenary Lecture
Ganesh Kishore, Monsanto Co.
         "Crop Improvement Via Biotechnology"

Morning Sessions:
Eugene Nester, University of Washington
         "Agrobacterium:  A Natural Genetic Engineer Exploited for
Maureen Hanson, Cornell University
       "Transgenic  Plants - Cell and Developmental Biology"
Brian Larkins, University of Arizona
        "Enhancing Protein Quality in Crops"
=46rederick Perlak, Monsanto
        "Engineering Insect Resistance in Plants"
Virginia Walbot, Stanford University
        "Regulation of Mutator Transposable Elements of Maize"
Luncheon Lecture:
Roger Beachy, Scripps Research Institute
        "Genetic Engineering of Virus Resistance in Plants"

Afternoon Sessions
 Hans Bohnert, University of Arizona
        "Transgenic Plants and Abiotic Stress"
Genichi Kakefuda, American Cyanamid
        "Designing Herbicide Tolerance in Plants"
Susan Wessler, University of Georgia
        "Transposable Elements Can Be Our Friends"
Trevor Thorpe, University of Alberta
        "Somatic Embryogenesis"

Banquet Lecture
 Charles Arntzen, Boyce Thompson Plant Research Institute
        "Transgenic Plants Producing Edible Vaccines"

Monday, April 22, 1996
Plenary Lecture
Chris Somerville, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Stanford U
        "Biodegradable Plastics from Transgenic Plants"
Tim Conner, Monsanto Co.
        "Transgenic Plants- Fine Tuning of the Expression of Traits"
K. V. Raman, ISAAA, Cornell University
        "International Applications of Transgenic Plants"
Robert Fincher, Pioneer Hi-Bred International
        "Commercialization of Transgenic Crops"
Michael  Oelck, AgrEvo Canada
         "Innovator - The first genetically enhanced canola variety in Canad=
           in 1995"
=46red Buttell, University of Wisconsin, Madison
        " Socioeconomic  Aspects of Transgenic Plants"
Paul Thompson, Texas A& M University
        "Ethical Responsibility and the Unintended Consequences of
           Plant Biotechnology".
Terry Medley, USDA/APHIS
        "Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Issues"
Judy Chambers, U. S. A. I. D.
        "Global Perspectives of Biotechnology"

Panel Discussion 1:  "Enhancing Minority Participation in Transgenic Plant
Research and Education"
        Frank Greene, USDA/ARS
        Walter Hill, Tuskegee University
        Terry Medley, USDA/APHIS
        William Gordon, Howard University
        Jerome Roberts, Alabama A & M University
        Jacquelyn Jackson, Tuskegee University
        Karyn Scissum-Gunn, Auburn University

Panel Discussion 2: Funding Opportunities for Research on Transgenic Plants
        Program Managers from USDA, NSF, DOE and NASA

Monday P. M.
*       Susan McCarthy, USDA/NAL- Demonstration of the 'Plant Genome Databas=
*       Pat Traynor, NBIAP/Virginia Tech - 'Information Systems for
*       C.  S. Prakash, Tuskegee University 'How Internet Can Enhance Your
Research Productivity'
*       Stanton Gelvin, Purdue University-" Teaching Transgenic Research to
Undergraduates using "Purdue Blue Plants"
*       Ramanjini  Gowda and Marceline Egnin: Tour of the Plant Molecular
Genetics Laboratory and demonstration of the "Gene Gun"

The workshop will conclude at 5 PM on Monday, April 22.

Additional Speakers to be confirmed
        Robert Jones, University of Minnesota
        Maria Ragland, Research Genetics, Inc.


Conference Pre-Registration is $100  and includes admittance to all
sessions, cocktail, meals (continental breakfast and luncheon on Sunday and
Monday; banquet on Sunday, coffee and snacks during breaks) and abstract
book.  Payment (check payable to TU Kellogg Conference Center) must be sent
to Dr. Prakash by April 1, 1996.   Registration on- site is $125 (Credit
card, cash or check).

Hotel Accommodations (Call Directly!)

Rooms are being held under the "Transgenic Plant Workshop" at  The Tuskegee
University Kellogg Executive Conference Center where all the meetings will
be held.   It is a new and very modern conference facility with 180 luxury
rooms.  Conference special rates are  $70 Single and $80 Double (plus tax
and gratuity).  Credit Cards Accepted.    For reservations, contact the
Conference Center directly-Toll Free: 1-800-949-6161 (334-727-3000; Fax
334-727-5119).  Address: Tuskegee University, Old Montgomery Road,
Tuskegee, AL 36088, USA.   Reduced rates available for U. S. Government
Employees.  Less expensive ($50) but farther hotels (for those with own
transportation) are Hampton Inn (Auburn; 20 miles) (334) 821-4111; Quality
Inn (Auburn; 21 miles) (334-821-7001; Days Inn (Shorter; 20 miles to the
south) (334) 727-6034; Western Inn (334) 727-5400 (Tuskegee; 6 miles; $43).
The legendary scientist George Washington Carver worked at Tuskegee for
nearly 50 years and 'Carver Museum' is located right next to the conference

Getting There:  Special discounted air  and ground travel (shuttle) rates
are available.  Please contact the Meeting Management Services at
1-800-821-8751 (Fax 719-473-8750).  Atlanta Airport is located about 120
miles (about 2 hours drive) from Tuskegee and has excellent flight
connections.  Montgomery (Ala.) Airport is about 40 minutes drive.
Shuttle service ($45) from both airports is available but reservations must
be made in advance;  Call the Meeting Management Services at
1-800-821-8751.  Car rental is another option as it provides greater
flexibility and costs are comparable to the shuttle.

Weather:     We will order some good sunny weather for you.  You may expect
60-75=B0F (15-22=B0C) during April in Tuskegee.  April has beautiful bloomin=
blossoms of dogwood and rhododendron around here.

To register for the workshop, please complete the following form with your
name, address, email, fax and phone numbers and forward with a check for
$100 to:

Dr. C. S. Prakash
"Workshop on Transgenic Plants"
Director, Center for Plant Biotechnology Research
School of Agriculture and Home Economics
Milbank Hall, Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088-1641. USA

Email: Prakash at Acd.Tusk.Edu
Phone (334) 727 8023
=46ax  (334) 727 8552

Remember pre-registration is necessary to get discounted rate.   Clip and
forward to Dr. Prakash with a check for $100.00 payable to TU Kellogg
Center  by April 1.





=46ax Number:

Payment Enclosed?
Check----- (Make Check payable to Tuskegee University Kellogg Conf. Center)

Any dietary or other restrictions...............................

I am interested in presenting a poster :    ------------Yes

Poster Title:

(For minority student travel grant consideration you must send a statement
of research interests along with a letter from your advisor by March 10,

C. S. Prakash                Phone     (334) 727 8023
Tuskegee University          Fax       (334) 727 8552
School of Agriculture        Email:    Prakash at Acd.Tusk.Edu
Tuskegee, AL 36088. USA

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