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Dynamics of plant biology

last modified Jul 24, 2013 02:03 PM

22-23 May 2012

The Sainsbury Laboratory hosted an academic symposium focusing on the dynamics of plant biology. Featuring early career scientists from around the world as speakers, the event attracted audiences from across Cambridge as well as researchers from other universities.

A timetable of the talks is below:

Tuesday 22 May, 2012


13:20 - 13:30

Welcome and introduction
Professors Elliot Meyerowitz and Ottoline Leyser

13:30 - 14:10

How cell walls mechanically control growth
Dr Siobhan Braybrook, University of  Bern

14:10 - 14:50

Finding love:  Intercellular communication during plant reproduction
Dr Sharon Kessler, University of Zürich

14:50 - 15:30

DNA methylation dynamics during sexual reproduction in Arabidopsis thaliana
Dr Pauline Jullien, ETH Zürich

15.30 - 15.50

Coffee Break

15:50 - 16:30

Plant pathogen effectors as probes to elucidate plant processes
Dr Sebastian Schornack, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich

16:30 - 17:10

Positional information by differential endocytosis splits auxin response to drive Arabidopsis root meristem growth
Dr Emanuele Scacchi, University of Lausanne

17:10 - 17:50

Open Discussion

Wednesday 23 May, 2012

09:00 - 09:40

Can we make Arabidopsis into Striga?
Dr Yuichiro Tsuchiya, University of Toronto

09:40 - 10:20

A novel carotenoid-derived molecule functions in periodic root branching
Dr Jaimie van Norman, Duke University

10:20 - 11:00

Smoke and mirrors: The curious connection between post-fire germination and shoot branching regulation
Dr David Nelson, University of Georgia


Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:00

Hormonal networks in plant development: Fundamentally simple?
Dr Tom Bennett, University of Cambridge

12:00 - 12:40

Quantifying leaf morphology: perspectives on development, environmental regulation, and natural variation in leaf shape and size
Dr Daniel Chitwood, University of California, Davis

12.40 - 13.30


13:30 - 14:10

Adaptation to the environment in Arabidopsis thaliana
Dr Angela Hancock, University of Vienna

14:10 - 14:50

The footprint of mating system shift and colonization on the genome of a young species
Dr Daniel Koenig, Max Planck Institute

14:50- 15:30

Scratching the surface: Evolutionary developmental genetics of the land plant cuticle
Dr Sam Brockington, University of Cambridge

15:30 - 16:15

Open Discussion