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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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February 22, 2016 

"Comparative genomics of lettuce and Bremia lactucae: Strategies for more durable disease resistance"

Dr. Richard Michelmore
UC Davis

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is one of the most valuable vegetable crops and downy mildew, caused by Bremia lactucae, is the most important foliar disease of lettuce worldwide. The use of resistant varieties is the most effective method for controlling this disease; however, pathogen variability has led to the rapid defeat of individual resistance genes. Over 50 resistance genes have been identified and lettuce downy mildew is one of the best genetically characterized plant diseases. Whole genome sequencing of multiple genotypes has allowed the identification of candidate resistance genes in the host and virulence factors in the pathogen.  Knowledge-driven deployment of effective resistance genes as gene pyramids provides the opportunity for more durable resistance to B. lactucae.  In addition, host-induced gene silencing of vital pathogen genes presents potentially insurmountable evolutionary hurdles for the pathogen to overcome in order to become virulent.

March 7, 2016

Dr. Rod Wing
University of Arizona

April 25, 2016 Dr. Richard Amasino
University of Wisconsin

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