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[Arabidopsis] 34th New Phytologist Symposium: Systems biology and ecology of CAM plants - grant application deadline approaching

Panagopulos, Michael via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by m.panagopulos from lancaster.ac.uk)
Wed Mar 19 07:45:07 EST 2014

34th New Phytologist Symposium. Systems biology and ecology of CAM plants
Lake Tahoe, California, USA, 15-18 July 2014

Travel grants are available for students and early career scientists. Application deadline 11th APRIL 2013.

Poster abstract submissions are open. Submission deadline 9th MAY 2013

Places are limited so please register early.

Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) is a striking example of convergent evolution found in about 7% of higher plants that significantly enhances plant water-use efficiency by facilitating the nocturnal uptake of CO, coupled with daytime stomatal closure. The increased frequency of drought over the past century, as well as substantial current variation and predicted future increases in its global occurrence, has intensified interest in understanding how CAM plants are so well adapted to survive in water-limited environments. High-throughput sequencing of transcriptome, genome and proteome has been initiated internationally for several CAM species and the large-volume datasets generated from these projects look set to provide a step-change in our understanding of the mechanistic basis and evolutionary origins of CAM biochemistry. Effective utilization of these resources requires collaboration among molecular geneticists, physiologists, ecologists and taxonomists to generate hypotheses that expand the potential of the CAM system for developing more water-use efficient crops, and for informing the improvement of economically and ecologically relevant CAM species for bioenergy production and the maintenance of ecosystem services.

The following major topical themes will be covered:

-Ecology: CAM species are key components of threatened biomes that include tropical montane cloud forests and xerophytic succulent scrub.
-Evolution: Date-calibrated phylogenies generate specific hypotheses about the evolutionary origins of CAM and the palaeoecological context in which particular lineages arose.
-Ecophysiology and metabolism: How is the diel supply and demand for carbon coordinated with stomatal conductance to optimize carbon gain and water-use efficiency?
-Genomics: What are the molecular triggers that underpin the C -CAM transition? How does transcriptional/posttranscriptional regulation achieve the manifestation of CAM on a background of C biochemistry?
-Exploiting CAM for sustainable productivity: What are the prospects for engineering CAM into C crops? Can species such as be exploited for biofuel production on nonagricultural or under-utilized semi-arid lands?

We aim to promote basic research in CAM by integrating functional genomics with biochemistry, physiology, development, ecology, and evolutionary studies to gain new insights into the regulatory mechanisms and evolutionary origins of the pathway. We will highlight the potential of CAM research for tackling bioenergy and environmental challenges pertaining to water security and resource limitation and the maintenance of productivity and ecosystems services in a changing world. In addition to this, specific talks will look at new research areas and address the big questions for future research.
The symposium will take place over four days at the Granlibakken Resort and Conference Center, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, CA, USA. There will be dedicated time for discussions, posters, selected poster talks, a field trip and a conference dinner.

(Chair) Professor Xiaohan Yang                                  Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Dr Anne Borland                                                               University of Newcastle, UK
Professor John C. Cushman                                         University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Dr James Hartwell                                                            University of Liverpool, UK
Professor Joseph Holtum                                             James Cook University, Australia
Professor Stan D. Wullschleger                                  Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Anne Borland                                    Newcastle University, UK
Susie Boxall                                        University of Liverpool, UK
Thomas Brutnell                               Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA
Johan Ceusters                                 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
John Cushman                                  University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Sarah Davis                                         Ohio University, USA
Erick de la Barrera                            Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Mexico
Erika Edwards                                    Brown University, USA
Luciano Freschi                                 University Sao Paulo, Brazil
Howard Griffiths                              University of Cambridge, UK
James Hartwell                                 University of Liverpool, UK
Joe Holtum                                         James Cook University, Australia
Ray Ming                                             University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Casandra Reyes Garcia                  Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, Mexico
Rowan Sage                                       University of Toronto, Canada
Katia Silvera                                        Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
June Simpson                                    Cinvesrav Irapuato, Mexico
Andrew Smith                                   University of Oxford, UK
José Luis Andrade Torres              Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, Mexico
David Weston                                    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
David G. Williams                             University of Wyoming, USA
Klaus Winter                                      Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
Bernard Wone                                  University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Xiaohan Yang                                     Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Hengfu Yin                                          Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Programme, registration and further information available at
Contact: Michael Panagopulos, np-symposia from lancaster.ac.uk<mailto:np-symposia from lancaster.ac.uk>, +44 1524 592 124.

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