ASPB Annual Meeting, August 3-7, media tip sheet

August 03, 2002

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado August 3-7, 2002 will include presentations on the most recent major findings in plant research. Special guest Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Father of the Green Revolution, will speak on "Prospects for World Agriculture in the 21st Century." All programs will be presented in the Adam's Mark Hotel. An embargo on each program is released on the date and start time of each program. Following are some highlights of the science program:

Symposium: Plant Responses to Global Climate Change. 8:30 a.m. Sunday, August 4 in Plaza Ballrooms D,E & F. Abstracts and presenter contact information can be found at
Presenters include:
Stephen Long, University of Illinois - Speaks on the central role of plant biology, from molecular to ecophysiological research, in understanding and adapting to global atmospheric change. Susanne von Caemmerer, Australian National University - Addresses gas exchange of leaves and climate change: insights from transgenic plants.
Mark Stitt, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology -Discusses the interactive effects of nitrogen supply and elevated carbon dioxide: Phenomenon, background and way ahead.
Dennis Baldocchi, University of California, Berkeley - Discusses leaves, canopies, and atmosphere interactions: Using biophysical models to investigate how plant canopies respond to environmental change.

Symposium: High Throughput Plant Biology in the Post-Genomics Era. 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 6 in Plaza Ballrooms D, E & F. Abstracts and presenter contact information can be found at
Presenters include:
Patrick Hurban, Paradigm Genetics, Inc. -- speaks on gene expression profiling in an era of high-throughput biology. John Yates, Torrey Mesa Research Institute -- addresses proteomics in the postgenomic era. Richard Threthewey, Metanomics GmbH & Co. KGaA -- speaks on functional genomics with small molecules: the industrialization of metabolic profiling.
Kenneth Feldman, Ceres, Inc. -- addresses phenome characterization using knock-outs and knock-ins.

Symposium: Transition to Flowering. 2 p.m. Saturday, August 3 in Plaza Ballrooms D, E & F. Abstracts and presenter contact information can be found at
Presenters include:
Detlef Weigel, Salk Institute, and Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology - his talk addresses floral induction and floral patterning.
George Coupland, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding - speaks on the control of flowering in response to day length in Arabidopsis.
Rod King, CSIRO Plant Industry - speaks on gibberellins and flowering of grasses: prying open the lid of the "florigen" black box.
Richard Amasino, University of Wisconsin - explains how plants "remember" winter: vernalization and the competence to flower.

Symposium: Dynamic Processes. 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, Plaza ballrooms D, E & F. Abstracts and presenter contact information can be found at
Presenters include:
Neelima Sinha, University of California, Davis - offers a developmental perspective on macromolecular trafficking in plants.
Alan Schulman, University of Helsinki - addresses dynamic DNA and genome evolution.
Kelly Dawe, University of Georgia - speaks on centromeric DNA and chromosome motility.
Loren Rieseberg, Indiana University - speaks on the topic of all the right genes in all the wrong places.

Minisymposium: Metabolic Engineering. 4:10 p.m. Monday, August 5 in Plaza Ballroom E. Abstracts and contact information for presenters can be found at
Presenters include:
Elizabeth Pilon-Smits, Colorado State University - speaks on engineering selenium tolerance in plants by over expressing a mouse selenocysteine lyase.
Dimuth Siritunga, Ohio State University - discusses domestication of cassava: generation of cyanogen-free cassava.
Ruediger Hell, Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research - explains how over-expression of feedback-insensitive serine acetlytransferase leads to elevated cysteine and glutathione contents in transgenic tobacco.
Harald Ottenhof, University of Cambridge - explores pantothenate (Vitamin B5) biosynthesis in higher plants.

Minisymposium: Salinity/Water Stress. 4:10 p.m. Monday, August 5 in Plaza Ballroom A. Abstracts and contact information for presenters can be found at
Presenters include:
Yongil Yang, University of Nevada, Reno - Addresses functional analysis of hydrophilins from soybean and ice plant.
Jianhua Zhu, Purdue University - Discusses OSM1, a syntaxin-like protein in Arabidopsis that controls ABA-mediated responses to abiotic stress.
Karen Schumaker, University of Arizona - Addresses regulation of vacuolar membrane exchange activity in Arabibopsis thaliana by the SOS pathway.
Ralph Dewey, North Carolina State University - Speaks on hyperosmotic stress and lipid signaling: unraveling the early events.

Minisymposium: Photosynthesis. 4:10 p.m. Monday, August 5, Plaza Ballroom D. Abstracts and contact information for presenters can be found at
Presenters include:
Gerald Edwards, Washington State University - Explains how Kranz anatomy is not required for photosynthesis in terrestrial C4 plants.
Sally Box, Australian National University - Speaks on how the growth response of soybeans to elevated carbon dioxide is independent of nitrogen fixation rate.
Carl Bernacchi, University of Illinois - Discusses improved temperature response functions for modeling photosynthetic carbon assimilation.
Sean Weise, University of Wisconsin - Speaks on the separate roles for hydrolytic and phosphorolytic pathways of transitory starch breakdown

Minisymposium: Seed biology. 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, Plaza Ballroom E. Abstracts and contact information for presenters can be found at
Presenters include:
Masaharu Suzuki, University of Florida - Addresses functional analysis of B3 proteins in Arabidopsis.
Hyeseung Lee, University of California, Davis - Speaks on functional analysis of LEAFY COTYLEDON1 during embryogenesis in Arabidopsis.
Sier Ching Chantha, Institu de Recherche en Biologie Vegetale - Speaks on the plant NOTCHLESS homologue and its possible role in embryogenesis.
Jane Shen-Miller, University of California, Los Angeles - Speaks concerning the offspring of lotus fruits exposed to soil radiation for hundreds of years and on phenotypic abnormalities and protein repair.

ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award will be presented to Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and father of the Green Revolution, at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 3, Plaza Ballroom D, Adam?s Mark Hotel. Immediately after the award presentation, Dr Borlaug will speak on "Prospects for World Agriculture in the 21st Century."
For media contact with Dr. Borlaug on August 3, or for other information on programs at the annual meeting, please contact ASPB Public Affairs Director Brian Hyps at and beginning August 1 at the Adam's Mark Hotel at 303-393-3333 or at 571-332-2522 (cell phone).

American Society of Plant Biologists

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