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
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
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
|February 8, 2016||
Dr. Sally Assmann
|February 22, 2016||
Dr. Richard Michelmore
|March 7, 2016||
Dr. Rod Wing
|April 25, 2016||Dr. Richard Amasino
University of Wisconsin
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