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  Plant Model Species: Fundamentals and Applications    

(February 4-5, 2016, Vienna, Austria)                                                    Jump to: 



Welcome to the International Conference on "Plant Model Species: Fundamentals and Applications"!

Model plants are extensively studied plant species chosen for the ease of investigating particular biological phenomena or for their value in biotechnology or agronomy. Plant models have played a significant role in understanding mechanisms and processes in the plant kingdom over the past 30 years. Such models are usually diploids, have few and small chromosomes, well developed genetics, rapid life cycles, easily transformed and have extensive sets of technical resources and databases curated by international resource centres. Genomes of model species share reasonable genetic synteny with key crop plants which facilitates the discovery of genes and association of genes with phenotypes. Currently, plant model species include Arabidopsis, Rice, Tomato, Lotus japonica, Poplar, Brachypodium, Tobacco, Rapeseed, moss and some others.

International Conference "Plant Model Species: Fundamentals and Applications" will discuss biology, genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology of modern plant model species and their new application in crop improvement

Vienna is located in the heart of Europe on the banks of the Danube River, and considered one of the most important economic, cultural and touristic large cities of central Europe. Apart from providing top science, the Conference will capture the spirit of the city thanks to the central location of the venue, offering a multitude of cultural events just minutes away.

This three-day event will provide leading academy and industry scientists a platform to communicate recent advances in "Plant Model Species: Fundamentals and Applications", and an opportunity to establish multilateral collaborations.

The International Conference "Plant Model Species: Fundamentals and Applications" will cover the following model species, their biology, genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology: 

 Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana L.)– General Plant Model
 Rice (Oryza Sativa L.) – Monocot Model for Breeding and Biotechnology
 Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L. ) as a model vegetable
 Model tree: Poplar (Populus trichocarpa L.)
 Moss (Physcomitrella patience L.) as a Model for Fundamental Plant Science
 Brachypodium distachyon and Setaria viridis as a Models for Monocot Grasses
 Lotus (Lotus japonicas L.) as Models Beans
 Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) – Old, but still easy to handle
 Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) – biotechnology crop
 Emerging model plant species

Amongst the invited speakers are internationally known names such as:
Benjamin Schwessinger (USA), Giorgia Batelli (Italy), Chengcai Chu (China), Zhikang Li (China), Rod A. Wing (USA), Ralf Reski (Germany), Mitsuyasu Hasebe (Japan), Luis Vidali (USA), Koh Aoki (Japan), Andrea Polle (Germany), Xiaohua Su (China), Gerald A. Tuskan (USA),  , Thomas P. Brutnell (USA), Shaobin Zhong (USA), Luis A.J. Mur (UK), Jens Stougaard (Danmark), Zhongming Zhang (China) and others.
*The list of invited speakers has yet to be confirmed.

Approximately 300-350 participants are expected to attend this exciting scientific forum including almost 40 lectures delivered by worldwide known invited speakers and young, talented speakers selected from submitted abstracts. The program combines plenary lectures, poster sessions, a unique Conference Dinner Party and sightseeing tours of Vienna.
Abstract Submission deadline is extended until January 15, 2016
Special Reduced Registration deadline: December 24, 2015
We are looking forward to see you in Vienna in February 4-5, 2016!

Prof. Klaus Palme (University of Freiburg, Chair, Scientific Programme)
Prof. Andreas Bachmair (University of Vienna, Chair, Scientific Programme)
Prof. Alisher Touraev (VISCEA, Local Organizer)

To download official conference poster press HERE
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