Annual meeting 2009 – University of Copenhagen

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Annual PBD meeting 2009

The Annual Plant Biotech Denmark Meeting was held January 29-30 at University of Copenhagen.


THURSDAY - January 29, 2009

09.15 - 9.45 Registration and coffee

09.45 - 9.50 Welcome, by Ian Max Møller, Head of steering committee, Plant Biotech Denmark

Session 1: Products and Productivity
(chair: Ian Max Møller)

09.50 - 10.30 Keynote talk:
Aquaporins: molecular gears in plant responses to environmental stresses, by Christophe Maurel, Research Director, Biochemistry and Plant Molecular Physiology, Centre National de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)/French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), France

10.30 - 10.50 Ecometabolomic Approach for Identification of Defensive Compounds in Plants towards Herbivorous Insects, by Vera Kuzina Poulsen, Post Doc, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, KU

10.50 - 11.10 Identification of a novel regulator of chlorophyll biosynthesis, by Anne Stenbæk, PhD student, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Session 2: Nutrition and Diseases
(chair: Hans Thordal-Christensen)

11.10 - 11.50 Keynote talk
Using Pathogen Effectors to Understand Host Resistance Mechanisms, by Jonathan Jones, Professor, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK

11.50 - 12.10 HvIRT1, a Mn2+ transport protein contributing to Mn efficiency, by Pai Pedas, Post Doc, Department of Agriculture and Ecology, Faculty of Life Sciences, KU

12.10 - 12.30 The PEN1 syntaxin links lipid rafts and endocytosis to plant innate immunity, by Mads Eggert Nielsen, Department of Agriculture and Ecology, Faculty of Life Sciences, KU

12.30 - 13.15 Lunch

Session 3: Breeding and Systems Biology
(chair: Kåre Lehmann Nielsen)

13.15 - 13.55 Keynote talk:
Integrative biology in cereals: from DNA to crop modelling? by Charmet Gilles, Professor, French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), France

13.55 - 14.15 Cisgenenic barley for animal feed, by Inger Holme, Senior Scientist, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences,

14.15 - 14.35 Transcriptome Analysis of Potato Tuber Life Cycle, by Annabeth Høgh Petersen, Department of Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Aalborg University

14.35 - 15.00 Coffee

Session 4: Technologies
(chair: Poul Erik Jensen)

15.00 - 15.20 Pyrosequencing transcriptomes from ancient maize and resurrection plants, by Maria Suarez, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

15.20 - 15.40 Carbohydrate microarrays, by Iben Sørensen, Post Doc, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

15.40 - 16.00 Quantitative analysis in gel- and liquid chromatography-based proteome approaches, by Hans Peter Mock, Professor, Leipniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, IPK Gatersleben, Germany

16.00 - 16.20 Proteomics in the backyard: Comparative proteomics of conventionally and organically grown vegetables, by Arkadiusz Nawrock, Post Doc, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark

Session 5: EPSO

16.20 - 16.40 EPSO activities in promoting plant sciences in Europe, by Eva-Mari Aro, Member of EPSO board, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Turku, Finland

16.40 - 18.15 Poster Session in the Marble Hall - Wine and snacks are served

18.30 - Dinner at Gimle, LIFE-KU

FRIDAY- January 30, 2009

Session 6: Innovation and Funding

09.00 - 09.40 Unravelling the molecular basis of plant growth, Dirk Inzé, Professor, Department of Plant Systems Biology, University of Ghent, Belgium

09.40 - 10.00 Plan(t)s for the future, Barbara Ann Halkier, Receiver of Danisco Award 2009, Associate Professor, Department Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen

10.00 - 10.20 The Council for Strategic Research offers more than 1 billion DKK grants in 2009 - an outline, Peter Olesen, Chairman for Strategic Reseach Council

10.20 - 10.50 Coffee

10.50 - 11.20 EU calls - The when, why, who and how of participation in and preparation of the framework programme, by Elsebeth Hagen, Fuldmægtig, Programkomitemedlem FP7 Fødevarer, Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen

Session 7: Biorefinery
(chair: William Willats)

11.20 - 11.50 Exploiting plant cell wall formation and remodeling for fiber engineering, by Vincent Bulone, Professor, Biomime, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

11.50-12.20 The Cell Wall Challenge: Developing Plant Biomass as a Feedstock for Biofuels and Biorefineries, by Professor Simon McQueen-Mason, Chair in Materials Biology, CNAP, Department of Biology, University of York

12.20 - 12.35 GLYFINERY - A Biorefinery for the sustainable and integrated production of liquid biofuels, green chemicals and bioenergy from clycerol, by Mhairi Workman, Associate Professor, Center for Systems Microbiology, Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark

12.35 - 12.55 Biomass conversion research: new biomasses and new discovery strategies; new processes and new products, by Birgitte Ahring, Professor, Copenhagen Institute of Technology, Aalborg University

12.55 - 13.45 Lunch

13.45 - 14.05 The Renewable Chemical Industry, by Esben Taarning, Haldor Topsøe A/S, Emerging Technologies, R&D

Session 8: Novel Applications of Plants
(chair: Simona Radutoiu)

14.05 - 14.35 The biotechnology of plant detoxification systems, by Robert Edwards, School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Durham University, UK

14.35 - 14.55 From plants to novel cancer therapeutic opportunities, by Stig Uggerhøj Andersen, Post Doc, Department of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Århus

14.55 - 15.15 SHI - establishing a GMO platform for improving the quality of ornamentals plants, by Henrik Lütken Mogensen, Post Doc, Department of Agriculture and Ecology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen

15.15 - 15.40 Coffee

15.40 - 16.10 Microalgae as an alternative biomass for a bio-refinery concept , by Olaf Kruse, Professor, Faculty of Biology,University of Bielefeld, Germany

16.10 - 16.30 Biotechnology in Danish forestry - Christmas trees and Biofuels, by Jens Find, Associate Professor, Botanic Garden and Museum, University of Copenhagen

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