Annual meeting 2008 – University of Copenhagen

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Annual PBD meeting 2008

The Annual Plant Biotech Denmark Meeting was held January 29-30, 2008 at University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences, Thorvaldsensvej 40, Frederiksberg


TUESDAY - January 29, 2008

09.15 – 09.45 Coffee and registration

09.45 – 09.50 Welcome, by Preben Bach Holm, member of steering committee, Plant Biotech Denmark

Session 1 – Products and Productivity
(chair: Anna Haldrup)

09.50 – 10.30 Keynote talk
The dependence of yield on photosynthesis: Opportunities for improvement, by Donald R. Ort, professor, University of Illinois, USA

10.30 – 10.50 A R2R3 MYB gene subfamily regulates aliphatic glucosinolate accumulation in Arabidopsis, by Ida Elken Sønderby, PhD student, Department of Plant Biology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

10.50 – 11.10 Arabinan have diverse function in the cell wall, by Jesper Harholt, postdoc, Department of Plant Biology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

Session 2 – Nutrition and Diseases
(chair: David Collinge)

11.10 – 11.50 Keynote talk
Improving nitrogen use efficiency in maize and wheat. How far are we from practical applications? by Bertrand Hirel, professor, INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research), France

11.50 – 12.10 Crystal structure of a plasma membrane proton pump, by Morten J. Buch, associate professor, Department of Plant Biology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

12.10 – 12.30 The MPK4 Map kinase cascade in plant innate immunity in Arabidopsis, by Maria Cristina Suarez-Rodriguez, postdoc, Department of Molecular Biology, NAT, University of Copenhagen

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch

Session 3 – Breeding and Systems Biology
(chair: Ahmed Jahoor)

13.15 – 13.55 Keynote talk
Systems-level analysis of plant low-temperature responses, by Matthew Hannah, postdoc, Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany

13.55 – 14.15 Fine mapping of sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV) resistance gene Scmv2 in maize, by Christina Rønn Ingvardsen, project scientist, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, DJF, Aarhus University

14.15 – 14.35 Proteomics of Lotus japonicus seed development, by Svend Dam, PhD student, Department of Molecular Biology, NAT, Aarhus University

14.35 – 15.00 Coffee

Session 4 – Technologies
(chair: William Willats)

15.00 – 15.20 The model plant Physcomitrella patens – a unique resource for gene discovery and analysis, by Christina Lunde, assistant professor, Department of Plant Biology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

15.20 – 15.40 Bioinformatics driven design of anchor markers bridging model and crop plants, by Birgit K. Hougaard, postdoc, Department of Molecular Biology, NAT, Aarhus University

15.40 – 16.00 Photoactivation and other fluorescence techniques for graft compatibility studies, by Helle Juel Martens, associate professor, Department of Plant Biology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

16.00 – 16.20 New technologies for high-throughput DNA sequencing, by Pernille Kræmer Andersen, research assistant, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, DJF, Aarhus University

16.20 – 16.40 Metabolic engineering of carbohydrate partitioning and turnover, by Jens Kossmann, professor, Institute of Plant Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

16.40 – 18.30 Poster session in the Marble Hall – wine and snacks are served

18.30 – 22.00 Dinner at Gimle, Dyrlægevej 9, Frederiksberg

WEDNESDAY - January 30, 2008

Session 1 – Opening session
(chair: Jens Stougaard)

09.00 – 09.30 Plants for the future, by Torben Bo Toft Christensen, head of office, Project and Innovation Office, Landbrugsrådet

09.30 – 10.00 AgroTech – How can we support plant research?, by René Logie Damkjer, director, AgroTech

10.00 – 10.30 Expert communication with the public: Modernist ideals vs. post-modernist attitudes, by Lise-Lotte Holmgreen, assistant professor, Department of Language and Culture, Aalborg University

10.30 – 10.55 Coffee

Session 2 – Plants for Health
(chair: Cathie Martin)

10.55 – 11.15 Towards regulating isolavonoid biosynthesis, by Fred Rook, associate professor, Department of Plant Biology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

11.15 – 11.35 Rational screening for health promoting bioactive compounds in plants, by Karsten Kristiansen, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark

11.35 – 11.55 Do food bioactive compounds have disease reduction potentials?, by Peter Olesen, CSO, Chr. Hansen A/S

11.55 – 12.15 Modern NMR techniques for characterisation of plant products and bioactive constituents, by Jerzy W. Jaroszewski, professor, Department of Medical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

12.15 – 12.35 Cyanogenic glucosides in primary and secondary metabolism, by Raquel Sánchez-Pérez, postdoc, Department of Plant Biology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

12.35 – 12.55 Breeding for better oil quality in winter oilseed rape, by Morten H. Poulsen, field station manager, Dow AgroSciences, Field Station Abed

12.55 – 13.40 Lunch

Session 3 – Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions
(chair: John Mundy)

13.40 – 14.00 Presentation of the CARB Centre, by Jens Stougaard, professor, Department of Molecular Biology, NAT, Aarhus University

14.00 – 14.20 Global spread of new wheat rusts, by Mogens Hovmøller, senior scientist, Department of Integrated Pest Management, DJF, Aarhus University

14.20 – 14.40 Colonisation of barley roots with DsRed expressing Fusarium avenaceum and GFP expressing Fusarium culmorum-competition and effect on toxin production, by Thomas Johansen, PhD student, Department of Ecology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

14.40 – 15.00 Breeding for disease resistance at SW Seed, by Annette Olesen, director, Product Development, SW Seed, Svalöf Weibull AB, Sweden

15.00 – 15.25 Coffee

15.25 – 15.45 Mychorrhiza – for improving nutrient uptake, by Iver Jakobsen, head of programme, Biosystems Department, RISØ, Technical University of Denmark

15.45 – 16.05 The power of genetics in signalling studies, by Hans Thordal-Christensen, senior scientist, Department of Agricultural Sciences, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

Final session
(chair: Preben Bach Holm)

16.05 – 16.30 Globalization, biofuels and bioeconomics – implications for Danish agriculture, by Henning Otte Hansen, senior advisor, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

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