SYMPOSIUM on Transposition, Recombination and Application to Plant
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
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).
More information about the symposium can be found at
The symposium office can be contacted at: pbmb at iastate.edu or 515-294-7978.
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
Hirohiko Hirochika: National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences,
Japan, 'Insertional Mutagenesis in Rice Using the Endogenous
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:
Thomas Peterson: Iowa State University, Ames, 'Ac/Ds for Plant Genome
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
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