Plant Biology

Symposia

2018 Plant Biology Symposium

21st Plant Biology Symposium - Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes

June 19 - 22, 2018

A phytobiome is a system of plants, animals (insects and nematodes) and a wide diversity of microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, oomycetes, amoeba, and algae). These organisms are influenced by the non-living components of their environment, such as soil and climate. The complex components of these systems greatly influence various plant functional traits such as plant health, productivity, and response to pathogens, pests and environmental stresses. Understanding the composition, dynamics, traits and interactions among individual constituents of these diverse systems requires basic and applied research efforts and innovative approaches by interdisciplinary teams with diverse expertise. 

This symposium served as a platform to catalyze new interactions and exchange of ideas in the areas of basic and applied phytobiome research.


Past Symposia

May 13-16, 2015

Human population growth and climate change present major challenges to sustainable food production. Plant biologists are developing and applying new integrative Big Data approaches to address these challenges. This symposium brought together scientists who were working at various –omics levels to understand impacts of environmental stress on plants and to develop solutions for agricultural systems of the future.

This Plant Biology symposium, the 20th in a series at Penn State, served as a platform to catalyze new interactions and exchange ideas in the diverse fields of plant –omics and plant-related microbial -omics, including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and their integration. The symposium included a workshop on metabolomics and mass spectrometry techniques and a workshop on plant genome editing with CRISPR-Cas9.

May 16-18, 2013

This conference dealt with frontier research in the structure of cellulose in primary and secondary cell walls, the mechanism of its synthesis and its interaction with matrix polymers, and new uses of cellulose for energy and material applications. Disciplinary approaches range from molecular genetics, cell biology, physical chemistry and plant physiology to material science, computational biology, chemical engineering, bioinformatics and other ways of understanding this most useful of materials.

May 18-21, 2011

The symposium convened international leaders in the areas of plant genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology. Distinguished plenary lectures as well as ample time for informal interactions and poster sessions enabled students and researchers to make connections in this exciting frontier of research. Several short talks were selected on the basis of submitted poster abstracts.

May 19-21, 2009

The symposium featured leading experts on global change impacts on plant resource interactions. It was structured with plenty of time for informal interaction. Speakers and participants explored knowledge gaps and emerging ideas and discussed future research needs.

A primary motivation for this plant symposium was to synthesize current understanding of soil resource acquisition and utilization by plants in the context of climate change and from there, explore the cascading effects on ecosystem processes, including impacts on agriculture, and food security.

May 18-20, 2006

May 20-22, 2004

May 16-18, 2002

Proceedings were published in The Plant Cell

May 18-20, 2000

Proceedings were published in Plant Physiology

May 28-30, 1998

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 22-24, 1997

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 18-20, 1995

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 19-21, 1994

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 20-22, 1993

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 28-30, 1992

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 23-25, 1991

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 17-19, 1990

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 18-20, 1989

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 19-21,1988

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 21-23, 1987

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series

May 22-23, 1986

Symposium proceedings were published as a series called Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series