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Plant Genome Engineering: From Lab to Field

March 8-9, 2021 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CEST*
*Program is subject to change

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.


Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
for Short Talk Consideration: February 2, 2021
ePoster Abstract Submission: February 22, 2021
Financial Aid Application: February 22, 2021


Financial Aid Opportunities

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as individuals from low- and middle- income countries (all career stages) working in science and medicine related fields, are eligible to apply for a FREE registration code.

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Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Tom Adams

Pairwise, USA

Mariette E.S. Andersson

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Jens Boch

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Adam J. Bogdanove

Cornell University, USA

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant No. [GRANT NUMBER - UPDATE] from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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