Topics and Speakers

 

Unless noted otherwise, all events will be in Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus.

 

September 17, 2007 - Monday Evening

4:00 pm
Registration booth open and poster mounting
6:00
Reception mixer, appetizers and poster viewing
7:00

Welcome
Chris Van Kessel, Chair, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

7:15

Overview of symposium concept and objectives
Kent Bradford, Co-Organizer, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

7:25

Introduction of keynote speaker
John Harada, Co-Organizer, Section of Plant Biology, UC Davis

7:30
Keynote speaker
Quality seeds: software & hardware for agricultural development
Rob Horsch, Director of Agricultural Programs, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

 

September 18, 2007 - Tuesday

Seed Development

8:00 am
Coffee and poster viewing
8:20
Welcome and opening comments, Session moderator
John Harada, Professor, Section of Plant Biology, UC Davis
8:30
Using genomics to dissect seed development
Robert Goldberg, Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell, Developmental Biology, UCLA
9:00
Regulation of gene imprinting in the Arabidopsis endosperm
Robert Fischer, Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
Download presentation - 0.8 MB
9:30
Maternal/paternal ploidy balance -- genetic control of seed size and viability
Brian Dilkes, Postdoctoral Researcher, Genome Center, UC Davis
10:00
Break
10:30
Apomixis--state of the art and potential applications
Anna Koltunow, Research Scientist, CSIRO, and Adjunct Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia
Download presentation - 1.4 MB
11:00
Enhancement of seed yield and size by modulation of eIF5A expression
John Thompson, Professor, Univ. of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and Executive Vice President, Research and Development, Senesco Technologies, New Brunswick, New Jersey
11:30
Increasing seed yield and size by modulating plant development and cell cycle regulatory genes
Jay De Rocher, Scientific Director, Targeted Growth, Seattle, WA
12:00
Moderated discussion of translational opportunities in seed development
12:20
Lunch and poster viewing

Reserve Accumulation

1:30
Opening comments, Session moderator
Peggy Lemaux, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
1:40
Flux maps for rapeseed, sunflower, and soybean reveal metabolic strategies associated with different seed compositions and light availability
John Ohlrogge, Professor, Plant Biology Department, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI
2:10

Production, recovery and bioequivalence of human insulin and other biopharmaceuticals obtained from transgenic oilseeds
Joseph Boothe, Director, Biochemistry and Process Development, SemBioSys Genetics, Inc., Calgary, Canada
Download presentation - 1.0 MB

2:40
Metabolic engineering of novel fatty acid biosynthetic pathways into soybean seeds
Anthony Kinney, Research Supervisor, DuPont Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE, and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences, Univ. of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Download presentation - 1.5 MB
3:10
Break
3:40
Modulating seed maturation by transgenic approaches: understanding metabolic regulation of seed development and transcriptional regulatory networks
Hans Weber, Dept. of Molecular Genetics, Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben, Germany
Download presentation - 1.5 MB
4:10
GPC-B1, a gene regulating wheat and barley grain protein content
Jorge Dubcovsky, Professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences, Univ. of California, Davis, CA
4:40
Moderated discussion of translational opportunities in reserve accumulation
5:00
Comments and speaker introduction
Neal Van Alfen, Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis
5:15
California Agriculture in a Global Context
A.G. Kawamura, Secretary of Agriculture, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, CA
5:45
Appetizers, drinks, poster session
7:00
Dinner on your own

September 19, 2007 - Wednesday

Desiccation Tolerance, Longevity and Vigor

8:00 am
Coffee and poster viewing
8:20
Opening comments, Session moderator
Bruce Downie, Professor, Dept. of Horticulture, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
8:30
Biophysical approaches to measure and predict seed longevity
Christina Walters, Research Leader, USDA-ARS, National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, Ft. Collins, Colorado
9:00
Postgenomic analysis of desiccation tolerance in Medicago truncatula seeds
Olivier Leprince, Professor, National Institute of Horticulture, Univ. of Angers, Angers, France
9:30
Reactive oxygen species and antioxidants in seed longevity and vigor
Christophe Bailly, Professor, Dept. of Applied Plant Physiology, Univ. Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
Download presentation - 1.4 MB
10:00
Break
10:30
Chemical regulation of plant stress tolerance
Josh Armstrong, Mendel Biotechnology, Hayward, CA
Download presentation - 1.2 MB
11:00
A trait-led investigation of seed vigour using natural genetic variation in Brassica oleracea
Bill Finch-Savage, Research Leader, Warwick HRI, Warwick University
11:30
The overexpression of specific heat shock proteins contributes to seed longevity
Juan Jordano, Research Group Leader, Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología, Seville, Spain
Download presentation - 0.9 MB
12:00
Moderated discussion of translational opportunities in desiccation tolerance, longevity and vigor
12:20
Lunch and poster viewing

Dormancy and Germination

1:30
Opening comments, Session moderator
Hiroyuki Nonogaki, Professor, Dept. of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1:40
The genetics of seed dormancy in Arabidopsis
Maarten Koornneef, Director, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany and Professor, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
2:10
Regulation of ABA and GA levels during seed development and germination in Arabidopsis
Yuji Kamiya, Director, Growth Regulation Research Group, RIKIN, Yokohama, Japan
2:40
ABA signaling in seed germination
Ruth Finkelstein, Professor, Dept. of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Download presentation - 0.9 MB
3:10
Break
3:40
ABA and GA signaling, bridging the gap between wheat and Arabidopsis
Camille Steber, Plant Molecular Geneticist, USDA-ARS, and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA
4:10
Seed germination and reserve mobilisation in Arabidopsis
Ian Graham, Professor, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of York, York, UK
Download presentation - 1.7 MB
4:40
Pre-harvest sprouting in cereals: the counteracting effects of ABA and GAs in dormancy expression
Roberto Benech-Arnold, Professor, Faculty of Agronomy, Univ. of Buenos Aires/CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5:10
Moderated discussion of translational opportunities in dormancy and germination
5:30
Break
6:30
Symposium banquet and speaker
Location: Activities and Recreation Center Ballroom
Golden Rice and nutritional enhancement of seeds
Jorge Mayer, Golden Rice Project Manager, University of Freiburg, Germany
Download presentation - 3.7 MB

September 20, 2007 - Thursday

Translation to the Marketplace

8:00 am
Coffee and poster viewing
8:20
Opening comments, Session moderator
Mitch McGrath, USDA-ARS Sugarbeet and Bean Research Unit and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI
8:30
α-Amylase inhibitor in legume seeds – post-translational modifications and allergenicity
T.J. Higgins, Deputy Chief, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
Download presentation - 0.8 MB
9:00
Novel vegetable oils: the long and winding path to commercialization
Toni Voelker, Research Leader, Calgene Campus, Monsanto, Davis, CA
9:30
Gene switching technologies for seed traits
Roger Beachy, President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO
10:00
Break
10:30
Novel hybrid seed production technologies
Howard Hershey, Research Leader, Agronomic Traits Dept., Pioneer Hi-bred International/DuPont, Johnston, IA
11:00
Vegetable seeds: potential pathogen sources, challenges for detection and market exposure
Samantha Thomas, Seminis Vegetable Seeds/Monsanto, Woodland, CA
11:30
Manipulation of adenosine diphosphate glucose pyrophosphorylase (AGPase) for agricultural gain
Curtis Hannah, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL       
12:00
Moderated discussion of translation to the marketplace        
12:15
Closing comments
Kent Bradford and John Harada, Co-organizers, UC Davis       
12:30
Adjourn, poster removal, departure       
1:00 - 7:00
Optional tour of seed harvesting and conditioning facilities in the Sacramento Valley followed by wine tasting at R.H. Phillips winery 

For more information, please see the Symposium brochure (pdf)