The University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Plant Biology program hosts an annual symposium every fall. I’ve posted information about these symposia in the past. The organizers of the symposium have been supportive of the blog and I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with some of the members of the department.
The CRISPR/Cas9 system for viral defense in bacteria is a recently discovered system that is really fascinating. Cas9 is useful for genome engineering and currently getting a lot of attention in this area.
I’ve been to a few IUFRO meetings for tree genomics and the molecular biology of tree-microbe interactions and have found the IUFRO meetings to be very worthwhile and well organized. An upcoming meeting — Changing Forest Dynamics in Harsh Environments — will address climate change of forests with regard to many factors. This meeting will be held in Québec, Canada, during August 18th to 22nd, 2014.
Some of the themes of the symposium will be focused on “changes in disturbance regimes, post‐disturbance recovery dynamics, trends in tree growth, landscape‐level changes in structure and composition, and forest management under a changing climate”.
The first Jacques Monod Conference on Bacterial-Fungal Interactions will be held at Roscoff in Britanny (France) from December 8 to 11, 2013.
The official meeting title will be: “Bacterial-fungal interactions: a federative field for fundamental and applied microbiology“. There is an impressive list of speakers tentatively scheduled to speak.