Purdue Plant Science Symposium

Friday, September 7, 2018

8:00 am – 3:00 pm | Pfendler Hall Dean’s Auditorium

The goal of the symposium is to foster interactions between Purdue plant biologists, colleagues and students from various Midwest institutions. The event will highlight Purdue’s plant biology research, including talks by faculty, post docs, students and three invited speakers.

Questions? Email Rene Celeste

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Continental breakfast

Clint Chapple  |  Welcome


Moderator: Sharon Kessler

8:30 – 9:10
Sebastian Bednarek, University of Wisconsin, Madison  |  Evolutionarily-Conserved and Plant-Specific Trafficking Machinery Required for Cytokinesis and Cell Expansion

9:10 – 9:40
Chunhua Zhang  |  Using Chemical Genetics to Understand Plant Exocytosis Regulation

9:40 – 10:00
Ying Li  |  The Histone Methyltransferase SDG8 Mediates Nitrate Signaling by Regulating H3K36 Methylation and RNA Processing


Moderator: Yun Zhou

10:30 – 11:10
Shuqun Zhang, University of Missouri |  Pathogen-Induced Ethylene Biosynthesis: Regulation of ACC Synthases by the MPK3/MPK6 Cascade and Beyond

11:10 – 11:40
Gyeong Mee Yoon |  The Role of Ethylene Biosynthesis in Phosphate-Deficiency Responses in Rice

11:40 – 12:00
Leonor Boavida  |  Tearing Down Barriers in Plant Fertilization: Regulation of Gamete Interactions by Tetraspanin Signaling Complexes

12:00 – 1:30
Lunch on your own (Purdue Union restaurants)


Moderator: John Couture

1:30 – 2:10
Lisa Ainsworth, USDA ARS Scientist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign |  Approaches for Phenotyping Ozone Stress: from Biochemistry to Leaf Reflectance

2:10 – 2:40
Scott McAdam  |  Hydraulic to Hormones: The Evolutionary History of Stomatal Responses to Changes in Leaf Water Status

2:40 – 3:00
Mina Rostamza  |  Evolutionary History and Trait Reconstruction of Root Foraging Plasticity in Response to Nutrient Patchiness

Clint Chapple  |  Closing remarks

Plant Science & All-College Networking Gathering at Marriott Hall takes place after the symposium. Graduate students and post docs will be presenting posters describing their work.


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