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RNA Silencing Mechanisms in Plants (B6)

Organizer(s) Marjori Ann Matzke and James C. Carrington
February 21—26, 2010
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel • Santa Fe, NM USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 21, 2009
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 20, 2009
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 21, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 21, 2009

Sponsored by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Monsanto Company

Summary of Meeting:
Although the core mechanisms of RNA silencing are conserved across eukaryotes, plants have deployed gene silencing in a particularly wide variety of molecular, developmental, adaptive, defensive and epigenetic contexts. Plants, therefore, serve as among the most insightful models to illuminate mechanisms of RNA-directed DNA methylation and transcriptional silencing, antiviral defense, small RNA biogenesis and effector mechanisms, and the roles of small RNA-mediated regulation in development and stress responses. We will highlight recent mechanistic advances about how RNA silencing pathways integrate with plant processes, acting at levels ranging from single-nucleotide to population, as regulatory devices. Session topics emphasize integration between silencing mechanisms and developmental regulation and stress responses, DNA and chromatin modification, host-pathogen dynamics, and natural variation. The Symposium will also highlight cutting-edge, high-throughput technology being developed and applied to understand the roles of RNA-mediated silencing across the plant genome.

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Scholarship Deadline: October 21, 2009 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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