Genome Assisted Biology of Crops and Model Plant Systems
Suzhou, China
April 21-25, 2014
Abstract Deadline Extended to: March 2, 2014

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Organized by:
Nam-Hai Chua, Rockefeller University, USA
David Jackson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

We are pleased to announce Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Genome Assisted Biology of Crops and Model Plant Systems which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday April 21, and will conclude after lunch on Friday, April 25, 2014.

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.

General Schedule:

04/21 Mon

04/22 Tue

04/23 Wed

04/24 Thu

05/25 Fri


Arrival & On-site Registration

Arrival & On-site Registration

Session 2

Session 4

Session 6

Session 8







Poster Session & Tea Tasting

Suzhou Visit

Session 7






Cocktail & Banquet


Session 1

Session 3

Session 5

Recent years have witnessed enormous advances in our ability to apply genomics technologies to the study of non-model organisms. This conference will present recent breakthroughs in the use of genomics to understand the biology and productivity of plants. A broad range of topics will be united with a common theme of using basic biology to improve crop plant productivity and sustainability.

Major Topics:
- New genome sequences
- Epigenomics
- Plant environment interactions
- Metabolism
- Systems approaches
- Emerging model systems
- Crop plant architecture, breeding and yield

Keynote Speakers:
Robert Martienssen , Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Abstract title:TBA
Jiayang Li, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, China
Abstract title:Rice plant architecture and breeding by design

Invited Speakers:
Mike Bevan, John Innes Center, UK
Abstract title:Genomics of bread wheat
Thomas Brutnell,
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA
Abstract title:Setaria viridis: an emerging model system for the panicoid grasses
Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS, China
Abstract title:RNase ZS1 controls thermo-sensitive genic male sterility in rice
Brian Dilkes, Purdue University, USA
Abstract title:TBA
Andrea Eveland,
 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Abstract title:Regulatory Networks Controlling Inflorescence Architecture in Maize
Mitsuyasu Hasebe,
 National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan
Abstract title:Carnivorous plant genomes: the parallel evolution of digestive enzymes
Sanwen Huang, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Abstract title:The genome and biology of cucumber
Dirk Inze, Gent University, Belgium
Abstract title:Plant organ growth
Takeshi Izawa, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan
Abstract title:Punctual transcriptional regulation by circadian clocks under fluctuating field conditions
Masayoshi Kawaguchi, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan
Abstract title:Arabinosylated CLE pepitdes mediate global control of nodulation
Harry Klee, University of Florida, USA
Abstract title:The Genetics of Tomato Flavor Improvement
Anna Koltunow,CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia
Abstract title:Regulation of asexual seed formation (apomixis) in the model Hieracium subgenus Pilosella (Asteraceae)
Junko Kyozuka, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Abstract title:Genome-wide analysis of developmental phase change in rice tiller buds
Insuk Lee, Yonsei University, South Korea
Abstract title:Gene networks for big data plant science
Hong Gil Nam, Center for System Biplogy of Plant Senescence and Life History, IBS & DGIST, Korea
Abstract title:Multi-dimensionally coordinated shifts of transcriptional programs along the whole life span of leaf in Arabidopsis
Naoko Nishizawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Abstract title:Iron-binding transcription factor IDEF1 and Iron-binding haemerythrin RING ubiquitin ligases regulate plant iron responses
Rajani Sarojam, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
Abstract title:Unraveling secondary metabolism of aromatic plants (Spearmint and Sweet Basil) by next generation sequencing
Motoaki Seki, Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan
Abstract title:Novel epigenetic regulation in plant environmental stress adaptation
Esther van der Knaap The Ohio State University, USA
Abstract title:Identification of Novel Genes Controlling Tomato Fruit Weight using a Bulk Segregant and Whole Genome Sequencing Approach
Huiwen Wu, The Rockefeller University, USA
Abstract title:The AGAMOUS (AG) second intron encodes a noncoding RNA serving as a co-repressor of Curly Leaf to repress AG expression in leaves
Jian Ye, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, SINGAPORE
Abstract title:Jatropha curcas: an emerging model for woody energy crops
Daniel Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:The epigenetics of rice seeds

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 $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in April, 2014. 

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

3. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

4. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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