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2012 Agenda

Symposium on “Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability”
Michigan State University
Molecular Plant Sciences Building, Room 1200
October 5-6, 2012
 
PROGRAM AGENDA
 
Friday Afternoon, October 5
12:50       Welcome – Dave DeWitt, Associate Dean, College of Natural Science
 
Session Chair – Christoph Benning
1:00         Toni Kutchan, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
                          A Transcriptomic/Metabolomic Approach to Biochemical Pathways in Non-model Systems
                                 
1:40         Sarah O’Connor, John Innes Centre
                          Understanding and Engineering Alkaloid Biosynthesis
 
2: 20        Rob Last, Michigan State University
                          The Solanum Trichome Project: Metabolic Pathway Discovery and Fingerprints of Evolution
 
3:00         Break
 
Session Chair – Gregg Howe
3:30         Harry Klee, University of Florida
                          The Chemistry and Genetics of Tomato Flavor
                                                    
4:10         Dean DellaPenna, Michigan State University
                          Integrating Genomics and Quantitative Genetics to Understand Vitamin Biosynthesis and Accumulation in Plants
 
4:50         Toni Voelker, Calgene Campus, Monsanto
                          Re-design of Soybean Oil Composition through Genetic Engineering
 
5:30         Reception and Poster Presentations in MPS Atrium
 
 
 
Saturday Morning, October 6
 
Session Chair – Tim Whitehead
8:00         Breakfast, Molecular Plant Science Atrium
 
9:00         Joe Chappell, University of Kentucky
                          Elucidation of Novel Triterpene Pathways in Botryococcus and Engineering Plants for High-value Oil Production
 
9:40         Christoph Benning, Michigan State University
                          Engineering of Microalgal Lipid Metabolism for Biofuels Feedstocks
 
10:20       Break
 
10:50       Gregg Howe, Michigan State University
                          Metabolic Regulation in Plant Defense
 
11:30       Vince Martin, Concordia University of Montreal
                          Drugs from Bugs: Large Scale Sequencing of Plant Transcriptomes and the Reconstitution of Natural Product Biosynthetic Pathways in Yeast
 
12:10       End of session
 

Application process for first year students interested in the program
May through July of each year


Annual Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Symposium
Dates to be determined October or November each year


Meetings of students with Executive Committee Members
Semiannually Fall and Spring Semester

The MSU PBHS Biotechnology Training Program is supported by grant number NIH T32-GM110523.

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