UK PlantSci 2013

Plant Science in a Changing World

April 16-17th 2013, Dundee

Day One – 16th April

10:00 – 11:00 Registration and Coffee

11:00 – 11:20 Welcome and Opening – Sandy Knapp

11:20 – 11:50 Keynote Speaker – Charles Godfray (University of Oxford)
Feeding 10 Billion People on a Finite Planet


Session 1 – Ecology, the Environment & Biosphere
Chair – Sandy Knapp

11:50 – 12:20 Richard Bardgett (University of Manchester)
Plant-Microbial-Soil Interactions in a Changing World

12:20 – 12:45 Toby Pennington (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)
A Molecular Spotlight on the Forgotten Forests of South America

12:45 – 13:00 Emily Johnston (CNAP)
Understanding why the environmental pollutant and explosive 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) is toxic to plants towards the development of phytoremediation technologies.


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


Session 2 – Inspiring Future Generations
Chair – Ginny Page

14:00 – 14:20 Dawn Sanders (Gothenburg University)
Re-Engaging with Plants Through Living Specimens and New Technologies

14:20 – 14:40 Gary Foster (University of Bristol/BSPP)
Plant Pathology: The Past, the Present, and More Importantly, the Future

14:40 – 15:00 Phil Smith (Teacher Scientist Network)
Sowing the Seeds for the Future of Plant Science

15:00 – 15:15 Anne Osterrieder (Oxford Brookes University)
Space to Grow: Plant Science and Social Media

15:15 – 15:30 Mary Williams (American Society of Plant Biologists)
Inspiring Now: Fascination of Plants Day


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee


Session 3 – Adapting to Environments
Chair – Ian Crute

16:00 – 16:30 Mike Holdsworth (University of Nottingham)
Integrated Control of Nitric Oxide Sensing in Plants by Group VII Ethylene Response Factors

16:30 – 17:00 Beverly Glover – (University of Cambridge)
Evolution and Development of Pollinator-Attracting Petal Morphologies

17:00 – 17:30 Mikhail Semenov – (RRES)
Designing High-Yielding Wheat Ideotypes for a Changing Climate

17:30 – 17:50 Catherine Kidner – (RBGE)
Using Transcriptomes to Understand Tropical Radiations

17:50 – 18:05 Cristiane Calixto – (University of Dundee)
Alternative splicing in the regulation of the barley circadian clock


18:05 – 19:30 Drinks Reception, poster session and launch of plant science careers leaflet

20:00 – 22:00 Conference Dinner


Day Two – 17th April

09:00- 09:30 Keynote Speaker – David Baulcombe (University of Cambridge)
Of maize and men or peas and people: plants as models in modern biology


Session 4 – Plant Protection and Defence
Chair – Jim Beynon

09:30 – 10:00 Jonathan Jones (Sainsbury Centre, Norwich)
Disease Resistance Mediated by NB-LRR Gene Pairs

10:00 – 10:30 Saskia Hogenhout (John Innes Centre)
The Dynamics of the Three-Way Interactions Between Insect Herbivores, Plants and Insect-Vectored Plant Pathogens

10:30- 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 11:30 Paul Birch (University of Dundee) – Pathogen Genomics
Disease or Disease Resistance? Pathogen Effectors that Act Inside Plant Cells to Trigger or Suppress Host Immunity


Session 5 – Biology to Benefit Society
Chair – Penny Maplestone

11:30 – 12:00 Robert Edwards (Fera)
Challenges and Opportunities in Translational Plant Science

12:00 – 12:30 John Pickett (Rothamsted Research)
Push-Pull Technology:  Exploiting Plant Secondary Metabolism for Defence, by GM and Companion Cropping

12:30 – 13:00 Sarah Gurr (University of Exeter)
Emerging Fungal (and Oomycete) Threats to Plant and Ecosystem Health

13:00 – 13:30 Mark Watson (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)
Completing the Inventory: Floristics and Conservation on a Global Scale


13:30 – 14:15 Lunch


Session 6 – Plants as Producers
Chair – Mimi Tanimoto

14:15 – 14:40 George Lomonossoff (John Innes Centre)
Exploitation of Empty Virus-Like Particles from a Plant Virus in Bionanotechnology

14:40 – 15:05 Nigel Kerby – (Mylnefield Research Services Dundee)
Creating Impact through Science and Innovation

15:05 – 15:30 Claire Halpin (University of Dundee)
Spinning Straw into Gold:  Barley, Biofuels and Biosequestration

15:30 – 15:50  David Atkinson (British Crop Production Council)
The Science Delivering Organic Agriculture: Crop Protection Revisited

15:50 – 16:05 David Odee (CEH – Edinburgh)
Wait-a-minute: What do we know about the gum arabic-producing tree (Acacia senegal L. Mimosoideae)?

16:05 Close – Celia Knight


Special Lecture

The annual Monogram Network Workshop will take place in Dundee from 18-19th April. To kick start the Monogram meeting there will be a CLS ‘Discovery’ lecture  on Wed 17th April at 4.30pm in the Dalhousie Lecture Theatre by:

Catherine Feuillet, Research Director, INRA, CLERMONT FERRAND

“Feeding the World: Recipes from the Bread Wheat Genome”

This will be followed by an opening reception.

Those attending the UK PlantSci 2013 conference are invited to stay on for this lecture which is immediately after the close of UK PlantSci 2013.