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This meeting took place in 2008

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Plant Innate Immunity (X2)

Organizer(s) Jonathan D.G. Jones and Jane Glazebrook
February 10—15, 2008
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 11, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 9, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 11, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 11, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Plant disease is an important selective agent in nature and causes economic losses in crops. Plants, like animals, activate defense upon perception of conserved microbial molecules. Successful pathogens introduce diverse effector molecules into host cells that suppress these defenses and render the plant susceptible. Plant resistance proteins activate defense upon recognition of effector molecules. This modern synthesis raises new questions. What molecular mechanisms are involved in these two kinds of microbial recognition by plants, and what cross talk exists between them? Also, what are the targets of the constellation of microbial effector molecules, and do bacterial, fungal and oomycete effectors share targets? The selected speakers will all address aspects of these questions. A further important question is the interplay between defense signaling and other signaling pathways, both locally and systemically; this question will be explored in a joint day of talks shared with a parallel meeting entitled “Plant Hormones and Signaling”.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 11, 2007 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


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Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
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    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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