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Plant Metabolic Engineering
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

As research in the plant sciences enters the post-genomic era, exciting opportunities to redesign and engineer the biochemical and molecular networks responsible for agronomic traits, increased nutritional value, and for the generation of alternative, renewal fuels, and commercial products continue to emerge. This interdisciplinary conference integrates the most recent advances in genetics and genomics, with biochemical, metabolite and gene expression analyses. Fundamental questions in the field such as understanding how biosynthetic pathways are assembled to facilitate substrate competition and channeling, how enzymes and biochemical pathways evolve, and exploring opportunities for the manipulation of biochemical transformations towards novel substrate specificities, regio- and stereochemical transformations, and models to explain the localization, structure, and assembly of biosynthetic metabolons in native and nonnative environments are among the topics covered. The conference provides the ideal environment to present and discuss novel approaches for metabolic profiling and flux analysis, the mathematical modeling of metabolism and the conception of rational metabolic engineering strategies using directed enzyme evolution, and the engineering of transcription factors.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Plant Metabolic Engineering" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Plant Metabolic Engineering
Plant Engineering in the Synthetic Biology Era
Jul 9-14 Waterville Valley Andrew D. Hanson
Joseph M. Jez
2015 Plant Metabolic Engineering
Harnessing Plant Metabolism for the Bio-Based Economy
Jul 19-24 Waterville Valley Richard A. Dixon
Sarah E. O'Connor
2013 Plant Metabolic Engineering
The Interface of Plant Metabolism and Humanity
Jul 7-12 Waterville Valley Dean Dellapenna
2011 Plant Metabolic Engineering Jul 24-29 Waterville Valley Natalia Doudareva
2009 Plant Metabolic Engineering Jul 12-17 Waterville Valley Joe Chappell
2007 Plant Metabolic Engineering Jul 15-20 Tilton School Erich Grotewold
2005 Plant Metabolic Engineering Jul 10-15 Tilton School Eleanore T. Wurtzel
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