Annual meeting 2016 – University of Copenhagen

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Annual PBD Meeting 2016

2-3 February 2016
at KU-SCIENCE, Frederiksberg Campus, Thorvaldsensvej 40


University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Frederiksberg Campus, Thorvaldsensvej 40, Lecture Hall A2-81.01 and the Marble Hall.
Parking: Please pick up a guest card at the registration desk.

Download the abstract book.


Deadline for registration for attending the meeting was Friday, 22 January 2016. NB! Please, contact us if you have signed up for the dinner, but are unable to attend. The dinner is expensive and if you sign up and stay away you waste PBD money.

Connected PhD course (2 ECTS): Trends in Plant Biotechnology

The PhD course "Trends in Plant Biotechnology" is provided in combination with the annual meeting. A list of literature for the course is available here.

Master class

A master class takes place Wednesday afternoon when the annual meeting is finalized. Master students and PhD students have the opportunity to give a 10 minute presentation of their own project and get feedback from some of the key note speakers. Please discuss this opportunity with your supervisor and register your participation in the master class before 22 January 2016.

Abstract submission and selection for oral presentation

Deadline for abstract submission was Thursday, 17 December 2015. Especially PhD students and Postdocs are encouraged to present their work.
All participants with submitted abstracts are required to bring a poster to the meeting. Abstracts that are also submitted in the oral presentation category will undergo a selection process and participants with selected abstracts will be invited to give a 20 minute talk. Note: The poster boards are 92 cm wide and 182 cm tall (vertical A0). Extra posterboards are available for announcements.

Download the abstract book.


TUESDAY - 2 February 2016

09.30 - 10.00 Registration, coffee/tea and tebirkes

10.00 - 10.05 Welcome

Session 1: Plants for Food and Feed/Plant Products

10.05 - 10.50 Keynote talk within the research area 'Plants for Food and Feed':
Searching genomes and metagenomes for carbohydrate active enzymes, by Senior researcher Bernard Henrissat, CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université, France

10.50 - 11.10 Selected talk within the research area 'Plants for Food and Feed': Glycemic response and resistant starch content of ancient and genetically modified barley lines using both static and dynamic digestion models, by PhD student Domenico Sagnelli, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

11.10 - 11.30 Selected talk within the research area 'Plant Products': The evolutionary dynamics of cyanogenic glucoside biosynthesis and its genomic organisation in a biosynthetic gene cluster in legumes, by PhD student Alexandra Öchsner, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

11.30 - 11.50 Coffee/tea and fruit

Session 2: Plant Signalling and Cellular Trafficking/Synthetic and Systems Biology

11.50 - 12.35 Keynote talk within the research area 'Plant Signalling and Cellular Trafficking': Membrane traffic and fusion in cytokinesis, by Professor Gerd Jürgens, University of Tübingen, Germany

12.35 - 12.55 Selected talk within the research area 'Plant Signalling and Cellular Trafficking': MicroProteins in the regulation of Flowering Time, by PhD student Moritz Graeff, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

12.55 - 13.40 Lunch

13.40 - 13.50 Announcements

13.50 - 14.10 Selected talk within the research area 'Synthetic and Systems Biology': Fusion of ferredoxin and cytochrome P450 enables direct light-driven biosynthesis, by PhD student Silas Mellor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Session 3: Plant Breeding - Quality, Productivity, Diseases and Stress/Biomass Production and Processing

14.10 - 14.55 Keynote talk within the research area 'Plant Breeding':
Essential RNA-based technologies and their applications in plant breeding, by Associate Professor Guiliang Tang, Department of Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University (MTU), USA

14.55 - 15.15 Selected talk within the research area 'Plant Breeding': Cytokinin production of Pseudomonas fluorescens G20-18 determines the biocontrol effect against Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis, by Postdoc Dominik Grosskinsky, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

15.15 - 15.45 Coffee/tea, cake and fruit

15.45 - 16.05 Selected talk within the research area 'Biomass Production and Processing': ‘CPH assay’: high-throughput screening of endo-glycoside hydrolases using novel chromogenic polysaccharide substrates, by Postdoc Julia Schückel, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Session 4: Elevator talk and Poster session

16.05 - 16.40 Elevator talks (3 minutes talks based on selected abstracts)
16.40 - 18.00 Poster session - Wine and snacks are served

18.00            Dinner at the canteen in the 'vandrehallen'

WEDNESDAY - 3 February 2016

Session 5: Cross Talks in Plants

09.00 - 09.40 Cross Talk between Photorespiration and Nitrate Assimilation: Key to the Future of Net Primary Productivity, Food Quality, Forest Health, and Carbon Sequestration, by Professor Arnold Bloom, UC Davis, USA
See the slides of the talk here.

09.40 - 10.10 Coffee/tea and scones

10.10 - 10.50 ENSA - Engineering Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa, by Professor Jens Stougaard, Aarhus University, Denmark

10.50 - 11.30 Structure, function and host control of the microbiota thriving at the root-soil interface, by Dr. Davide Bulgarelli, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

11:30 - 12:00 Rice perception of symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi requires the karrikin receptor complex, by Dr. Caroline Gutjahr, University of Munich, Germany
See the slides of the talk here (37 MB).

12.00 - 12.45 Lunch

Session 6: Technologies

12.45 - 13.15 Genome-editing technologies: Prospective novel techniques for agronomical crop breeding, by Postdoc Nawaporn Onkokesung, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden

13.15 - 13.45 Epigenetics in plant breeding-mechanisms and prospects, by Professor Claudia Köhler, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, Sweden

13.45 - 14.15 Tackling plant chromatin structure and its potential for plant production, by Postdoc Iva Mozgova, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, Sweden

14.15 - 14:20 Thank you for this year

14.20 - 14.50 Coffee/tea

15.00 - 18.00 Master class for registered PhD and master students

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