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RNA Silencing in Plants (G1)

Organizer(s) Robert Martienssen and Craig S. Pikaard
February 17—22, 2015
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Oct 16, 2014
Abstract Deadline: Nov 13, 2014
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 16, 2014
Discounted Registration Deadline: Dec 17, 2014

Sponsored by Monsanto Company

Summary of Meeting:
RNA silencing, and associated small RNA, were first discovered in plants and have widespread biological roles. These include defense against viruses and transposons, as well as epigenetic control of chromatin modifications. However, the impact of small RNA on these biological processes from one generation to the next, their roles in response to biotic and abiotic stresses, and their importance in evolution, are largely unknown. Furthermore, new roles for small RNA are emerging in areas such as germ cell fate, chromosome organization and recombination and DNA repair. This conference brings together leaders in the field of RNA silencing from around the world with the specific goal of exploring new functions of silencing RNAs in plants, and relating these findings to existing mechanisms. Examples include transgenerational inheritance via post-transcriptional and transcriptional silencing, and the role of small RNA pathways in meiotic specification, asexual reproduction and DNA repair. Participants will explore their implications for real-world problems in plant biotechnology, plant breeding, genetic modification and plant defense, with the goal of finding applications for sustainable agriculture and bioenergy. Furthermore, there has been an explosion of interest in small RNA pathways in animals, and many fundamental mechanisms of RNA silencing discovered in plants have parallels in animals. The meeting therefore explores topics of importance to both agriculture and human health.

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National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarship Recipients

Filipe Borges
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

Jochen Gohlke
University of Arizona, USA

Martin Groth
University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Andrea D. McCue
Ohio State University, USA

Mon-Ray Shao
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

Ben P. Williams
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, USA

Rui Xia
Delaware Biotechnology Institute, USA