Gordon Research Conference: Plant Cell Walls 2003
10-15 August, 2003. Meriden, New Hampshire,
This conference will address recent progress in many aspects of cell
wall biology, including Arabidopsis as a model system. Molecular,
genetic, and genomic approaches are yielding major advances in our
understanding of the composition, synthesis, and architecture of
plant cell walls and their dynamics during growth, and are
identifying the genes that encode the machinery needed to make their
biogenesis possible. This meeting will bring together international
scientists from academia, industry and government labs to share the
latest breakthroughs and perspectives on polysaccharide biosynthesis,
wood formation, wall modification, expansion and interaction with
other organisms, and genomic & evolutionary analyses of wall-related
genes, as well as to discuss recent 'nanotechnological' advances that
take wall analysis to the level of a single cell.
The Gordon Conferences are designed to be relatively small meetings
with ample opportunity for group discussions as well as one-on-one
exchanges between scientists with diverse approaches to the topic.
Attendence is limited to 135, and we expect overenrollment, so
pre-register NOW. The fee for the meeting, double-room and meals is
$570 (for early registrants).
Sign up at: <http://grc.org/>http://grc.org/
Additional speakers will be chosen from the poster abstracts. Submit
abstracts by May 1st.
Wall Loosening Mechanisms
Session Chair: Taka Hayashi, University of Kyoto
1. Peter Schopfer, University of Freiburg -
"Peroxidase-generated hydroxyl radicals effect cell wall loosening
and extension growth."
2. C. Mariani / J. Dirksen, Catholic University of Nijmegen -
"Plant lipid transfer proteins with wall extension activity"
3. A. Okamoto-Nakazato, Showa Pharmaceutical University -
"Yieldin, a wall bound protein regulating the acid-induced change in
the yield threshold"
4. Daniel J. Cosgrove, Penn State University- "Two new types of
wall loosening proteins"
5. Contributed talk
Cell Walls in Development
Session Chair: Mary Tierney, University of Vermont
1. Mary Tierney, University of Vermont - "Proline-rich
structural cell wall proteins are essential for root hair and guard
cell function in Arabidopsis"
2. Elizabeth Lord, University of California, Riverside - "Wall
molecules involved in adhesion and guidance in lily pollination"
3. Contributed talk
Cell Biology of Cell Walls
Session Chair: Maureen McCann, Purdue University
1. Maureen McCann, Purdue University - "Cell wall-related gene
discovery in the Zinnia system"
2. Peter Ulskov, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences,
"Biophysical consequences of altering rhamnogalacturonan side-chain
3. Contributed talk
Technical Advances in Cell Wall Analysis and Use
Session Chair: Mike Gidley, Unilever Company
1. Markus Pauly, Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant
Physiology - "Microanalysis of cell walls using mass spectrometry"
2. Herman Hofte, Laboratoire de Biologie Cellulaire, INRA,
Versailles "Pushing the limits of FT-IR microspectroscopy for the
analysis of variation in Arabidopsis cell walls"
3. Mike Gidley - Unilever Company, "Effects of structural
variants of pectin or xyloglucan on composites with bacterial
4. Contributed talk
Cell Wall Genomics, Proteomics and Evolution
Session Chair: Chris Somerville, Carnegie Institution and Stanford Univ.
1. Geoffrey B. Fincher, University of Adelaide, "Genomic
approaches to wall biosynthesis in barley"
2. Bernard Henrissat, AFMB-CNRS, Marseille(s),
"Carbohydrate-active enzymes: Arabidopsis vs. Rice"
3. Kenneth Keegstra, MSU-DOE Plant Research, Laboratory, "The
genes and enzymes required for xyloglucan biosynthesis"
4. Wolf-Dieter Reiter, University of Connecticut, "Genetic
analysis of the GT47 glycosyltransferase gene family of Arabidopsis"
5. Contributed talk
Session Chair: Debra Mohnen, CCRC, University of Georgia
1. Ariel Orellana, University of Chile - "Nucleotide sugar
transporters: Analysis of their role in the biosynthesis of
2. Nick Carpita, Purdue University - "The mixed-linkage b-glucan synthase"
3. Vincent Bulone, CNRS-Grenoble, "Unraveling the mechanisms of
cellulose and callose synthesis in plants and in the Oomycete
Saprolegnia monoica: recent developments"
4. Shinobu Satoh, University of Tsukuba, "Molecular analysis of
pectin biosynthesis and functions with T-DNA tagging in haploid
5. Contributed talk or two short talks
Pathogenesis, symbiosis, and other biotic interactions
Session Chair: Joss Rose, Cornell University
1. Nick Brewin, John Innes Centre, "Cell wall remodeling during
Rhizobium invasion of legume roots".
2. Eric Davis, North Carolina State University, "Worms and
Walls: A Dynamic Relationship"
3. John Bishop, Washington State University, "Battle for the
cell wall: Molecular evolution of glycanhydrolases & and their
4. Contributed talk or two short talks
Wood Formation and Lignification
Session Chair: Malcolm Campbell, Oxford University
1. Claire Halpin, University of Dundee - "Multi-gene
manipulation of lignin biosynthesis"
2. Eric Beers, Virginia Tech University- "Gene expression
profiles from xylem, phloem and non-vascular tissues of Arabidopsis."
3. Contributed talk or two short talks
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