UNL Center for Plant Science Innovation’s 2015 Symposium

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln‘s Center for Plant Science Innovation (my new academic home, along with the Plant Pathology Department) puts on an annual symposium.  This year’s symposium is entitled “Plant Phenomics: from pixels to traits“.  The symposium will be held on October 15th to 16th, 2015, so there is still time to register and plan your visit!  Information on lodging for the symposium can be found on the symposium website.  The deadline for registration is October 1st.


The symposium coincides with the opening of the new Nebraska Greenhouse Innovation Center which is the home to a new, amazing state-of-the-art plant phenotyping facility.

Registration for the two-day symposium is free.  A PDF flyer for the symposium can be found here.

University of Massachusetts Plant Biology Symposium 2014

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 2014 edition of the symposium will be held on Saturday, October 11th, and it’s not too late to register.  This year’s theme is “Evolution of Plant Form and Function: Insights from the Integration of Development, Ecology and Genetics” and there is a great list of speakers at the one day event. The speakers include: Lena Hileman, Clint Whipple, Ben Blackman, Stacey Smith, and Peter Linder.  This should be another great event!

EMBO Workshop – Intercellular communication in plant development and disease


There will be an EMBO workshop on “Intercellular communication in plant development and disease” scheduled for August 24th to 29th, 2014, in Bischoffsheim, France, in the amazing countryside of Alsace.

There’s already a list of great speakers on the workshop website.  For more information, see the informational flyer for the workshop.  This EMBO workshop has the goal of bringing together plant biologists who are working on plasmodesmata structure and regulation, plant development, defense signaling, gene silencing, and virus movement.

Cas9 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of a Viral Hunter

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.

Greene Lab Studios (a subsidiary of the Greene Lab) put together this video to the title music from the soundtrack of the film  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly composed by Ennio Morricone.  The video briefly explains how the CRISPR/Cas9 system works in recognizing and cleaving foreign nucleotides in a cell.

Changing Forest Dynamics in Harsh Environments IUFRO Meeting 2014

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.

changing forest meeting image

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”.

For more information visit the meeting website or the meeting announcement flyer.

Jacques Monod Annual Conference on Bacterial-Fungal Interactions 2013

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.

Register for the conference here and see more information on Francis Martin’s Blog – MycorWeb Fungal Genomics.  The deadline for application to the meeting is September 15th, 2013.

Fungi: The Rotten World About Us

Here’s another video I like to show students and I find it quite entertaining — although from 1980 it’s a little dated.  This version was recorded from VHS, so the image quality isn’t so great.  This video was put together by wildlife producer Barry Paine working with the BBC for its renowned “The World About Us” series and made it’s way to the US and appeared on the PBS show Nature in the early 80’s.