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Latest Advances in Plant Development & Environmental Response, AWAJI, JAPAN

Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, Japan
November 29 – December 2, 2016

Abstract deadline: October 2, 2016

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Organized by:

Philip Benfey, HHMI/Duke University, USA

Wolf Frommer, Stanford University, USA

Keiko Sugimoto, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan

Jian-Kang Zhu, Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, China

Cyril Zipfel, The Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Latest Advances in Plant Development & Environmental Responses which will be held in Awaji, Japan, close to Kobe. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Tuesday November 29, and will conclude after dinner on Friday December 2, 2016.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in plant biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Conference Venue & Accommodation
Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in Japan are arranged in Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center, which is part of a one-of-a-kind “environment creation” project equipped with professional conference facilities and blended into the magnificent landscape, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando.

Major Topics:
1. Cellular signalling in development
2. Cellular signalling in environmental response
3. Cell-to-cell communication
4. Long-distance signal transport
5. Epigenetic control in development
6. Epigenetic control in environmental response
7. New technologies

Keynote Speakers:
Yoshikatsu Matsubayashi, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Science , JAPAN
Abstract title: Identification of novel peptide ligand-receptor pairs in plants
Kenichiro Itami, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Science, JAPAN

Invited Speakers:
Isabel Bäurle , University Potsdam , GERMANY
Abstract title: Chromatin regulation of heat stress memory
Youssef Belkhadir , Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology , AUSTRIA
Abstract title: When CSi meets FBi: Merging Advanced Microscopy and High-Throughput Proteomic Technologies to Understand Cell Surface Signaling in the Context of the Plant Extracellular Matrix
Philip Benfey , HHMI/Duke University, USA
Abstract title: Underground Signaling Networks
Ana Caño-Delgado , Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics , SPAIN
Xiaofeng Cao , Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS , CHINA
Sean Cutler , University of California, Riverside , USA
Joseph Ecker , HHMI / The Salk Institute for Biological Studies , USA
Edward Farmer , University of Lausanne , SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: Axial and radial signals that lead to jasmonate synthesis in wounded Arabidopsis
Christine Faulkner, John Innes Centre, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Receptor-mediated regulation of cell-to-cell communication during pathogen attack
Wolf Frommer , Stanford University , USA
Abstract title: The role of the host nutrient supply chain and metabolic signaling processes in pathogen susceptibility Tetsuya Higashiyama: Signaling in Pollen Tube Guidance
Hiroo Fukuda , The University of Tokyo , JAPAN
Abstract title: Cell-cell communications regulating vascular cell fates in plants
Simon Gilroy , University of Wisconsin-Madison , USA
Abstract title: Making waves: stress signaling in Arabidopsis
Zhizhong Gong , China Agricultural University , CHINA
Abstract title: Regulation of PP2C phosphatases in ABA signaling
Tetsuya Higashiyama , Nagoya University , JAPAN
Ildoo Hwang , Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology, Postech , SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title: Regulatory aspects of glycogen synthase kinases on auxin signaling during plant development
David Jackson , Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory , USA
Abstract title: New pathways in stem cell regulation
Michael Knoblauch , Washington State University , USA
Abstract title: New Insights on the Physiology and Cell Biology of Phloem Transport and Unloading.
Ryan Lister , The University of Western Australia , AUSTRALIA
Salome Prat , Centro Nacional de Biotecnología-CSIC , SPAIN
Sabrina Sabatini , University of Rome, La Sapienza , ITALY
Abstract title: How to establish a developmental boundary
Ken Shirasu , RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science , JAPAN
Abstract title: Molecular elucidation of parasitic plant-host Interactions
Rüdiger Simon , Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf , GERMANY
Abstract title: Dynamics of stem cell signalling pathways in plants
Rosangela Sozzani , North Carolina State University , USA
Abstract title: Tracking transcription factor mobility and interaction in living Arabidopsis roots with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
Keiko Sugimoto , RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science , JAPAN
Abstract title: Epigenetic control of plant cell reprogramming
Bing Yang , Iowa State University , USA
Abstract title: TALEN- and CRISPR/Cas9-based gene editing in maize and rice
Jian-Kang Zhu , Purdue University and Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology , USA/CHINA
Cyril Zipfel , The Sainsbury Laboratory , UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Regulation of receptor kinase-mediated immune signaling

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Awaji in November, 2016.

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