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Annual PBD meeting 2011

The Annual Plant Biotech Denmark Meeting was held March 3-4, 2011 at University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences, Lecture Hall 3-01, Thorvaldsensvej 40, Frederiksberg


THURSDAY - March 3, 2011

09.00 - 09.30 Registration and coffee

09.30 - 09.35 Welcome, by Preben Bach Holm, Head of steering committee, Plant Biotech Denmark

Session 1: Products and Productivity
(Chair: Preben Bach Holm)

09.35 - 10.20 Keynote talk
A new story of an old protein: nitrate transporter CHL1 also functions as a nitrate sensor, by Dr Yi-Fang Ysay, Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

10.20 - 10.40 A membrane-bound signalosome controls plant growth, by Anja Thoe Fuglsang, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

10.40 - 11.00 Cereal bioengineering: Amylopectin-free and hyper-phosphorylated barley starch, by Massimiliano Carciofi, PhD student, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, DJF, Aarhus University

11.00 - 11.10 Very short break 

Session 2: Nutrition and Diseases
(Chair: David Collinge)

11.10 - 11.55 Keynote talk: Strategies for durable resistance from an understanding of RXLR effectors from the potato late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans, by Professor Paul Birch, Plant Sciences Division, SCRI (Schottish Crop Research Institute), University of Dundee, Scotland 

11.55 - 12.15  Autoimmunity in Arabidopsis acd11 is mediated by epigenetic regulation of an immune receptor, by Stephan Thorgrimsen, Department of Biology, SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen

12.15 - 12.35  The Lotus japonicus spontaneous nodule formation 4 (snf4) mutant has a mutation in a DNA polymerase gene, by Niels Sandal, Research Scientist, Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling, Department of Molecular Biology, SCIENCE, Aarhus University

12.35 - 13.20 Lunch

Session 3: Breeding and Systems biology
(Chair: Kåre Lehmann Nielsen)

13.20 - 14.05 Keynote talk Prospects for using genomic selection in plant breeding, by Leif Skøt, Principal Investigator, Aberystwyth University, UK

14.05 - 14.25 Identification and molecular characterization of the vernalization response in timothy (Phleum pratense), by Alice Fiil, PhD Student, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, DJF, Aarhus University

14.25 - 14.45 Investigating xylanase activities and inhibitors in barley grains, by Abida Sultan, PhD student, Enzyme and Protein Chemistry, Department of Systems Biology - Technical University of Denmark

14.45 - 15.10 Coffee

Session 4: Space resolved technologies
(Chair: Birte Svensson)

15.10 - 15.30 High speed 4 D bioimaging, by Johannes Liesche, Bioimaging Center, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

15.30 - 15.50 A roadmap for zinc transport into the developing barley grain. Gene expression profiling using laser microdissection, by Søren Borg, Senior Scientist, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, DJF; Aarhus University

15.50 - 16.10 Laser microdissection for single cell analysis, by Kirsten Jørgensen, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

16.10 - 16.30 Elemental fingerprinting of plant tissue using laser ablation, by Søren Husted, Professor, Department of Agriculture and Ecology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

16.30 - 17.00 Studying  Barley seed development  by spatially resolved mass spectrometry, by Hans Peter Mock, Professor, Leipniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, IPK Gatersleben, German
This talk was canceled due to illness 

17.00 - 18.30 Poster session in the Marble Hall - Wine and snacks are served

18.30 -  Dinner at LIFE-KU

FRIDAY- March 4, 2011

Session 5 - Overview seminar

09.00 - 09.45 Crop improvement and biofortification - an international perspective, by Willy Gruissem, Professor, Department of Biology, ETH, Switzerland 

09.45 - 10.10 Coffee

Session 6: Plant Based Synthetic Biology
(Chair: Birger Lindberg Møller)

10.10 - 10.50 Bioengineering and simple plant systems, by Jim Haseloff, Professor,  University of Cambridge, UK

10.50 - 11.20 The creative and intelligent fat, by Ole Mouritsen, Professor, MEMPHYS (Center for Biomembrane Physics), University of Southern Denmark 

11.20 - 11.45 Synthetic biology by massive combinatorial genetic chemistry - application to today´s biotechnology challenges, by Esben Halkjær Hansen, Research Scientist, Evolva A/S

11.45 - 12.10 Light-driven biosynthesis of bioactive compounds, by Poul Erik Jensen, Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, LIFE, University of Copenhagen

12.10 - 13.00 Lunch

Session 7: Algae - potentials
(Chair: Svend Christensen)

13.00 - 13.30 Bioactive components in Algae, by Susan Holdt, DTU Environment (and Tangnetværket), The Technical University of Denmark

13.30 - 14.00 Biodiesel from Microalgae, by Claes Gjermansen, Senior Scientist, Biosystems Division, RISØ DTU, The Technical University of Denmark

14.00 - 14.45 The past meets the future: Evolutionary importance of the charophycean green algae and the prospects for developing them as model systems for plant biology, by David Domozych, Professor, Skidmore College, New York, USA

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