PSI Symposium on "Transposition, Recombination and Application

Nobody nobody at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Tue Mar 11 16:30:07 EST 2003


Announcing

SYMPOSIUM on Transposition, Recombination and Application to Plant 
Genomics (http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/phomepg.html)
June 5-8, 2003
The 5th Annual Plant Sciences Institute Symposium

SPONSORED BY the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular 
Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA and the Plant Sciences 
Institute, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. (Special thanks for 
their support to The Biotechnology Council and the College of 
Agriculture).

PROGRAM: The meeting will combine the biology of plant transposons 
and the potential applications of transposons and other recombination 
mechanisms; including advanced transposon tagging systems, and 
potential uses of transposon-mediated recombination reactions for 
modifying plant genomes.  Both DNA- and RNA-elements will be dealt 
with at the meeting, although more time will be devoted to DNA 
elements.  The symposium will cover the following areas:  Transposon 
biology:  interactions between native elements and their hosts; How 
transposons have shaped plant genomes; Regulation of transposition; 
Transposition mechanisms; Transposon tagging; and Applications of 
transposon-mediated recombination for plant genome modifications.

This will be one of an ongoing series of symposia sponsored by the 
Plant Sciences Institute at ISU that will focus on plant genetics, 
biochemistry and molecular biology.  The ISU Symposia attract a 
world-wide audience, with a broad mix of principal investigators, 
postdocs, and graduate students. The atmosphere is informal and the 
format allows for extensive discussion both during and between 
sessions. An important purpose of these symposia is to promote 
interactions and new collaborations between individuals who might not 
normally come together at a single symposium.


ABSTRACT DEADLINE: April 4, 2003
TRAVEL GRANT DEADLINE: April 4, 2003
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 5, 2003

REGISTRATION COSTS: Registration includes meals (Thursday dinner 
through Sunday breakfast) and admission to lectures, posters and oral 
presentations.  Advance registration (until May 5): $450 (regular), 
$325 (students and postdocs).  Registration after May 5: $500 
(regular), $375 (students and postdocs).

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More information about the symposium can be found at 
http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/phomepg.html .

The symposium office can be contacted at:  pbmb at iastate.edu or 515-294-7978.


PLENARY SPEAKERS

Thomas Bureau: McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 
'Transposon_mediated Gene Evolution'

Heriberto Cerutti: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 'Mechanisms of 
Epigenetic Silencing of Transposable Elements in Chlamydomonas'

Nigel Crawford: University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, 
'Regulation of Tag1 Transposition in Arabidopsis'

Hugo Dooner: Rutgers University, Piscataway, 'Recombination and 
Transposition Applied to the Analysis of the Maize bz Genomic Region'

Nina Fedoroff: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 'Plant 
Transposons Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow'

Marie-Ang=E8le Grandbastien: Laboratoire de Biologie Cellulaire, INRA, 
=46rance, 'Retrotransposons in Solanaceae: Stress Activation and 
Biodiversity Assessment'

Hirohiko Hirochika: National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, 
Japan, 'Insertional Mutagenesis in Rice Using the Endogenous 
Retrotransposon'

Judith Kassis: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 
'Pairing_sensitive Silencing and Homing of Transposons in Drosophila'

Ronald Koes: Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands, 'Epigenetic 
Interactions Activate a New Excision_repair Mechanism in Petunia'

Reinhard Kunze: University of Cologne, Germany, 'Regulation and 
Transposition Mechanism of the Maize Activator'

Robert Martienssen: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring 
Harbor, 'Transposons, Heterochromatin and Gene Control'

Andy Pereira: Plant Research International, Netherlands, 'Gene 
Detection Strategies Using Transposons in Arabidopsis and Rice'

Peter Peterson: Iowa State University, Ames, 'Transposons in Maize: 
Early Concepts'

Thomas Peterson: Iowa State University, Ames, 'Ac/Ds for Plant Genome 
Modifications'

Holger Puchta: Institut fur Pflanzengenetik und 
Kulturpflanzenforschung, Germany, 'The Repair of Double-strand Breaks 
(DSBs) in the Plant Genome'

Daniel Voytas: Iowa State University, Ames, 'Retroelement Targeting'

Viginia Walbot: Stanford University, Stanford, 'Regulation of MuDR/Mu 
Transposons in Maize'

Susan Wessler: University of Georgia, Athens, 'MITEs and their Transposases'


SITE AND DATES: The symposium will be held in the Scheman Building, 
Iowa State Center at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, U.S.A. 
Registration begins at 2:00 PM and the first plenary session at 4:00 
PM Thursday, June 5, 2003.  The last plenary session ends at noon on 
Sunday, June 8, 2003.

SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE: Thomas Peterson, Hirohiko Hirochika, Andy 
Pereira, Virginia Walbot, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton and Daniel Voytas

     
Symposium Office:
3208 Molecular Biology Building
Iowa State University
Ames, IA  50011-3260 U.S.A.
Telephone:  (515) 294_7978   FAX:  (515) 294_2244
Email: pbmb at iastate.edu
Internet: http://www.bb.iastate.edu/~gfst/phomepg.html




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