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Climate Change-Linked Stress Tolerance in Plants (M4)

Organizer(s) Julian Schroeder and Julia Bailey-Serres
May 13—16, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace • Hannover, Germany
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Jan 15, 2019
Abstract Deadline: Feb 13, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: Jan 15, 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: Mar 13, 2019

Organized in collaboration with Volkswagen Foundation

Summary of Meeting:
Current and anticipated impacts of climate change and atmospheric gases on water availability and weather extremes affect the production of crops that provide food and fiber to meet the growing needs of humanity. Innovative research on crops, related wild species and model plant species is enabling the identification of stress signaling, metabolic and developmental strategies that limit yield loss in zones with increased climate stress and variability. The use of functional genomics to dissect abiotic stress sensing and signaling networks and the downstream adjustments in metabolism and development continue to provide solutions for crop improvement. These advances are accelerated by tools such as genome editing and use of synthetic biology to fine-tune key pathways. Moreover, advances in genomics and GWAS approaches provide powerful platforms towards identifying new genes and mechanisms for increasing plant vigor while limiting yield losses in agriculture. New advances in physiological and molecular phenotyping and recognition of synergistic multigene combinations that provide stress resiliency without limiting productivity promise to enable rapid deployment of advantageous genetic combinations. This conference will bring together experts pursuing advances on the cutting edge of climate change-linked stress tolerance in plants and provide a dynamic interactive setting to map future challenges and solutions.

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Conference Program    Print  |   View meeting in 12 hr (am/pm) time

The meeting will begin on Monday, May 13 with registration from 16:00 to 20:00 and a welcome mixer from 18:00 to 20:00. Conference events conclude on Thursday, May 16 with a closing plenary session from 15:30 to 17:30, followed by a social hour. We recommend return travel on Friday, May 17 in order to fully experience the meeting.


Arrival and Registration

Grand Mussmann Hotel, Tivoli Room
Welcome Mixer
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Central-Hotel Kaiserhof


Welcome and Keynote Address
Welcome Remarks by Selahattin Danisman, VolkswagenStiftung

* Julian I. Schroeder, University of California, San Diego, USA

* Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA

Giles E.D. Oldroyd, University of Cambridge, UK
How the Nutrient Status of the Plant Controls Its Engagement with Microorganisms

Harnessing Stress Tolerance from Genetic Diversity

* Vipula Shukla, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Maria von Korff Schmising, University Düsseldorf / Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
Breeding Improved Drought and Heat Resistance in Barley

Karin I. Köhl, MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
Short Talk: Can Marker-Assisted Selection for Drought Tolerance Replace Stress-Trials in Potato

Coffee Break

Amelia Henry, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
Harnessing Genetic Diversity to Achieve Drought Tolerance in Rice

Arthur Korte, University Würzburg, Germany
Short Talk: Natural Variation of Guard Cell Signalling Networks in Arabidopsis thaliana

Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA
Dynamic Mechanisms in Water Extreme Resilience

Poster Setup

Poster Viewing


Workshop 1: Identifying Genetic Variation for Stress Resilience

* Edward S. Buckler, US Department of Agriculture, USA

Sarah M. Assmann, Pennsylvania State University, USA
"In silico” GWAS: Phenotypic and Genome-Wide Association of Natural Variation with the Local Geo-Climatic Environment of Arabidopsis

Diane Wang, University at Buffalo, USA
Application of a Hydraulics-Plant Physiology Coupled Model to Cotton: Implications for Genetic Mapping Under Drought

Sonja Blankenagel, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Drought Tolerance and Water Use Efficiency Are Genetically Linked to Stable Carbon Isotope Discrimination (Δ13C) in Maize (Zea mays L.)

Dorothea Bartels, University of Bonn, Germany
Genome Sequence Analysis Reveals Essential Components of Vegetative Desiccation Tolerance in Angiosperm Plants

Andrew Borrell, University of Queensland, Australia
Canopy and Root Plasticity for Drought Adaptation in Cereals

Viviana Jaramillo, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
Mapping QTLs of Physiological and Agronomical Traits Associated with Salt Tolerance in Quinoa Under Field-Like Growing Conditions

Coffee Available

Responses to Elevated Greenhouse Gases: Physiology to Productivity

* Erwin Grill, Technical University Munich, Germany

Lisa Ainsworth, US Department of Agriculture, USA
Improving Crop Physiological Responses to Rising Ozone Pollution

Juntaro Negi, Kyushu University, Japan
Short Talk: Guard Cell Chloroplasts Develop a Unique Lipid Metabolism Essential for CO2 and Light Responses

Julian I. Schroeder, University of California, San Diego, USA
CO2 Sensing and Signal Transduction in Regulation of Plant Transpiration

Christian Zörb, University of Hohenheim, Germany
Short Talk: Interaction of Elevated Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations and Nitrogen Supply with Respect to N Uptake and Distribution in Field-Grown Wheat Plants

Sabrina Flütsch, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Blue-Light-Induced Guard Cell Starch Degradation is Required for Fast Stomatal Opening Kinetics

Social Hour with Lite Bites
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Poster Session 1



Resilience through Synthetic Solutions

* Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside, USA

Julie E. Gray, University of Sheffield, UK
Engineering Stomata to Reduce Crop Water Use

Malira Masoabi, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Short Talk: Involvement of SUMO Proteases in Regulating Drought Response in Sugarcane

Erwin Grill, Technical University Munich, Germany
Harnessing Abscisic Acid Signaling for More Efficient Water Use of Plants

Coffee Break

Brett Williams, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Short Talk: Energy Metabolism and Stress Tolerance in the Native Australian Resurrection Plant Tripogon loliiformis

Lizhong Xiong, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Genetic Architecture and Transcriptional Regulation of Drought Resistance in Rice

Junya Mizoi, University of Tokyo, Japan
Short Talk: Heat-Induced Inhibition of Phosphorylation of the Stress-Protective Transcription Factor DREB2A Promotes Thermotolerance of Arabidopsis thaliana


Poster Setup

Poster Viewing

Workshop 2: Sustainable Alternatives and Solutions to Meet Future Yield Needs

* Amelia Henry, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

B. Greg Mitchell, University of California, San Diego / Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
The Potential of Protein and Food Production in Salt Tolerant Algae

Sandra Schmöckel, University of Hohenheim, Germany
The Role of Epidermal Bladder Cells in the Plant Chenopodium Quinoa

Su-May Yu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Relief of Sugar Suppression through MYB and 14-3-3 Protein Interaction Enhances Plant Growth, Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Grain Yield in Rice

Tuan-hua David Ho, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Role of a Stress-Induced Intrinsically Disordered Protein as an Integrator for Multifaceted Responses to Climate Change-Linked Stresses in Rice

Jeff E. Habben, Corteva Agrisciences, USA
A Transgenic Approach to Grain Yield Improvement in Maize

Ronald Pierik, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Integrating Light Signal Dynamics in Dense Stands; A Mechanism to Evaluate Competitive Threat of Neighbors

Coffee Available

Developmental Reprogramming under Stress

* José R. Dinneny, Stanford University, USA
Sensing and Developmental Response to Salinity

Philippe Nacry, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, INRA, France
Short Talk: Abscisic Acid Mediates and Co-Ordinates the Developmental and Hydraulic Responses of Plant Roots to Water Deficit

Christa Testerink, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Out of Shape during Stress: Mechanisms of Root Architecture Remodeling in Response to Salt

Magdalena Julkowska, King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Short Talk: Salt-Stress Induced Changes in Root Architecture

Mikio Nakazono, Nagoya University, Japan
Root Traits that Determine Waterlogging Resilience in Rice and Maize

Social Hour with Lite Bites
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Poster Session 2



Genomes to Stress Resilience Mechanisms

* Tuan-hua David Ho, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Christine Queitsch, University of Washington, USA
New Technologies to Understand the Complexity and Dynamics of Chromatin Accessibility, Sequence Variation and Gene Expression

Megan M. Sylvia, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Short Talk: Elucidating Drought-Induced Changes in the RNA Structurome of Rice Seedlings

Graeme L. Hammer, University of Queensland, Australia
The Physiology, Genetics and Modelling of Heat Tolerance in Grain Sorghum

Coffee Break

Yohei Takahashi, University of California, San Diego, USA
Short Talk: Identification and Characterization of New Arabidopsis Protein Family that is Required for Early ABA Signaling through OST1/SnRK2 Activation

Maheshi Dassanayake, Louisiana State University, USA
Learning from Nature: Salt Tolerance Strategies

Rosalia Deeken, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Short Talk: Guard Cell Function Under Saline Growth Conditions

Tomoaki Horie, Shinshu University, Japan
Mechanisms of Na+ Exclusion in Rice under Salt Stress


Workshop 3: Defining Resilience Mechanisms

* Tomoaki Horie, Shinshu University, Japan

Trevor Nolan, Iowa State University, USA
To Grow or Survive: Plants Modulate Brassinosteroid-Regulated Transcription Factor BES1 during Drought to Balance Growth and Stress Responses

Min May Wong, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Phosphoproteomics of Highly ABA-Induced1 Identifies AT-Hook Like10 Phosphorylation Required for Growth Regulation during Drought Stress

Tobias Maierhofer, University Wuerzburg, Germany
Silent S-Type Anion Channel Subunit SLAH1 Gates SLAH3 Open for Chloride Root-to-Shoot Translocation

Sergey Shabala, University of Tasmania, Australia
Cell-Based Phenotyping for Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Claudia Jonak, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
Signalling Salt Stress to the Chromatin

Arpita Yadav, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India
The B-Box Containing Microprotein miP1a/BBX31 Regulates Photomorphogenesis and UV-B Protection

Menachem Moshelion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
The Role of Mesophyll ABA in Optimizing Yield Potential under Stressed and Non Stressed Conditions

Coffee Available

Discovery of New Stress Tolerance Mechanisms and Loci

* Claudia Jonak, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

François Tardieu, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France
Genetic Analysis of Drought Tolerance with A Scenario-Dependent Probabilistic Approach

Fuminori Takahashi, RIKEN, Japan
Short Talk: The Peptide Signaling in Root-to-Shoot Communications

Edward S. Buckler, US Department of Agriculture, USA
On the Road to Breeding 4.0: How Do We Cost-Effectively Identify Abiotic Adaptations in Order to Engineer Resilient Crops?

Vipula Shukla, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Abiotic Stress Resistant Crops in Africa

Meeting Wrap-Up: Outcomes and Future Directions (Organizers)

Social Hour with Lite Bites
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PlantDitech intelligent diagnostics
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CORTEVA Agriscience Molecular Plant
NOMAD Bioscience GmbH Plant Physiology
The Plant Cell

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