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Plant Genome Engineering: From Lab to Field

March 8-9, 2021 | 10:00AM EST | 3:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CET*
*Program is subject to change


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Improvements in plant breeding are necessary to feed a growing population on a warming globe. CRISPR/Cas technology, which is revolutionizing molecular biology, has the potential to create a novel, sustainable agriculture. To date, thousands of plant biologists have started to use gene editing strategies; the time is ripe for a conference solely dedicated to CRISPR/Cas applications in plants. Topics covered will include the development of new tools for gene and base editing, gene targeting by homologous recombination, transcriptional regulation, epigenetic editing and induced chromosomal rearrangements. To apply these tools in plants, specific biological requirements have to be taken into account such as efficient transformation and regeneration procedures or organ specific expression. Trait improvements in crop plants - such as tomato, rice, wheat and corn - have been achieved and more are in the pipeline. The conference will be a platform for scientists from academia and industry to interact. It will also bring together scientists that work on tool development, plant transformation, plant breeding and crop trait development. Thus, not only will the newest applications of CRISPR/Cas in basic plant biology be offered, but the ground will be laid for a swift transfer of the benefits of the technology to that field.


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Student Registration Rate:$150 USD


Abstract Submission:
‣ For Short Talk Consideration: February 2, 2021
‣ For Poster Booth: February 22, 2021
ePoster / SciTalk Submission: February 25, 2021
Financial Aid Application: February 22, 2021

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Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Tom Adams

Pairwise, USA

Mariette Andersson

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Jens Boch

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Adam J. Bogdanove

Cornell University, USA

Caixia Gao

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

William J. Gordon-Kamm

Corteva Agriscience, USA

Steven E. Jacobsen

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Tobias Jores

University of Washington, USA

Avraham A. Levy

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Zachary Lippman

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

Magdy Mahfouz

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Holger Puchta

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Yiping Qi

University of Maryland, USA

Pamela C. Ronald

University of California, Davis, USA

Erika Toda

Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Seiichi Toki

National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Japan

Joyce Van Eck

Boyce Thompson Institute, USA

Daniel F. Voytas

University of Minnesota, USA

Kan Wang

Iowa State University, USA

Lanqin Xia

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Feng Zhang

University of Minnesota, USA

Jian-Kang Zhu

Purdue University, USA and Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, CAS

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