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Plant Molecular Biology Consortium


The Plant Molecular Biology Consortium sponsors monthly seminars featuring nationally recognized academic and industrial plant scientists. Membership is open to plant scientists associated with any of North Carolina's colleges or universities and any representatives from companies involved in plant molecular biology.

29th Annual Plant Molecular Biology Retreat
September 18 - 20, 2015
Asheville, NC

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Featuring Keynote Speakers:

Peter McCourt, University of Toronto

John Edward Hamer, Monsanto


2015-2016 Seminar Series

Meetings are held from 6 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Meetings begin promptly at 6 p.m.; Light refreshments served at 7 p.m.  No registration required to attend.

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November 16, 2015

"Deciphering and engineering plant metabolism: How can metabolomics and fluxomics guide us?"

Dr. Ana Paula Alonso
Ohio State University

Central metabolism controls the production of valuable storage compounds (sugars, proteins, starch, oils, and cellulose), crop yield, and the nutritional value; improving these traits is a big challenge in plant research. Therefore understanding carbon partitioning is of fundamental relevance to designing novel approaches for breeding and genetic engineering of crops. We quantify intracellular compounds (metabolomics) and determine the rates of reactions in vivo (fluxomics) to build "live traffic" maps of carbon flow in plant organs. These maps can then be used to identify novel biomarkers for breeding/genetic manipulation, which will boost the process of crop improvement. The successful application of these tools to increase oil content in seeds as well as to decipher the impact of drought and elevated CO2 on whole-plant metabolism will be presented.

December 7, 2015

Dr. Simon Gilroy
University of Wisconsin

February 8, 2016

Dr. Sally Assmann
Penn State University

February 22, 2016 

Dr. Richard Michelmore
UC Davis

March 7, 2016

Dr. Rod Wing
University of Arizona

April 25, 2016 Dr. Richard Amasino
University of Wisconsin

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