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Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium '20 Pluripotency in Plant Development

SLS'20: Pluripotency in Plant Development

22-25 September, 2020

Thanks to all our engaged, adaptable and generally fabulous #SLS20 delegates. We all learned new skills, made new connections and can celebrate being able to interact and exchange ideas in new ways. See you for #SLS22!

 

View some of the talks and posters featured at the Symposium

 

 

Overview

Plants as multicellular organisms harbour cells and cell groups that are responsible for growth and patterning of the tissue. The stem cells can be part of the embryo, the shoot or root apical meristem or vascular meristems. They can also be part of developing, regenerating or symbiotic organs. Several gene functions and regulatory networks have been identified that orchestrate the stem cell function. The aim of SLS'20 is to synthesize the current knowledge on the architecture, dynamics and diversity underlying plant stem cell systems, based on a variety of experimental and theoretical approaches.

Programme

Pre-recorded talks and posters will be available for delegates to view a few days before the conference. There will also be optional times where delegates can watch pre-recorded talks related to upcoming sessions in a group if they wish. Some content from the conference will be made publicly available for a limited time for those unable to attend.

Tuesday 22 September

(12:00    Channels open for chat)

13:00   Flash talks (Damodaran, S., Formosa-Jordan, P., Han, J., Koppolu, R., and Long, Y.) and

            short talks (Efroni, I. and Jackson, D.)

14:00    Live Q and A with speakers Session 1: Apical meristems 

Doris Wagner Keynote (University of Pennsylvania): (Re) programming cell identity and function in response to developmental and environmental cues

Jan Lohmann (University of Heidelberg): From transcription to morphogenesis

Xian Sheng Zhang (Shandong Agricultural University): ARF3-controlling maintenance of root stem cell niche requires auxin-responsive histone acetylation

Dorota Kwiatkowska (University of Silesia): Symplastic but heterogeneous: variability in plant growth at various scales

15:00    Wrap up and further discussions in chat channels


Wednesday 23 September

(12:00    Channels open for chat)

13:00    Flash talks (Ubaid, M., Patterson, E., Radhakrishnan, D., Robinson, S., Shi, D., and Yadav, R.) and

             short talks (Pierre-Jerome, E. and Romani, F.)

14:00    Live Q and A with speakers Session 2: Variations in pluripotency

Keiko Sugimoto (RIKEN): Control of cellular reprogramming in plant regeneration

Francesco Licausi (University of Oxford): Happy hypoxia: causes and consequences of oxygen gradients in plant meristems

Pilar Cubas (Centro Nacional de Biotecnología-CSIC): Spatial control of potato tuberization by the TCP transcription factor BRANCHED1b

Jill Harrison (University of Bristol): The Physcomitrium CLAVATA pathway regulates stem cell identity and auxin homeostasis

15:00    Wrap up and further discussions in chat channels

   

Thursday 24 September

(12:00    Channels open for chat)

13:00    Poster session 1

14:00    Live Q and A with speakers Session 3: Fate decisions and pluripotency

Lin Xu (Chinese Academy of Sciences): Wound signalling and cell fate transition in de novo root regeneration

Laila Moubayidin (John Innes Centre): Biradial-to-radial symmetry transition and tissue polarity is coordinated by HD-ZIP II proteins

Dolf Weijers (Wageningen University): Convergence of cell polarity systems across multicellular kingdoms

Sandy Hetherington (University of Oxford): Fossil evidence for the origin of the root apical meristem

15:00    Wrap up and further discussions in chat channels

   

Friday 25 September     

(12:00    Channels open for chat)

13:00    Poster session 2

14:00    Live Q and A with speakers Session 4: Lateral meristems and meristemoids

Ari Pekka Mähönen (University of Helsinki): Stem cell dynamics during secondary growth

Keiko Torii (University of Texas at Austin): Orchestrating cell-state switch from bipotent stem cells to stomata

14:30     Future plans and concluding remarks