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Salt and Water Stress in Plants
Gordon Research Conference

Abiotic Stress and the Future of Agriculture


June 3-8, 2018


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Melvin J. Oliver & Jill Farrant

Vice Chairs:
Jose R. Dinneny & Christa Testerink

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 6, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The availability and quality of soil water are the major environmental factors that limit the potential of a plant to maximize growth and reproductive productivity: the major components of yield for crop plants. The 2018 GRC on Salinity and Water Stress in Plants will focus on shoot and root adaptations to abiotic stress, crop productivity, and food security. The conference will bring together researchers from academia, government, and industry with expertise from molecular systems to trait development to discuss progress in elucidating mechanisms and managing challenges associated with water availability and salinity on both agriculture and ecosystems.

The meeting will address recent advances in understanding water and salt stress tolerance and resistance and will highlight insights emerging from natural genetic variation, advanced breeding and engineered solutions. Talks will consider mechanisms - from the molecular to the organismic level - that influence cellular activities, developmental programs and whole-plant physiology. Emphasis will be placed on the breadth of impact water and salinity have on plants, their relevance to world food security, and how information gained from model and non-model systems can be translated to crops. Topics will include new knowledge of stress signaling and transduction, ion and water homeostasis, photosynthesis, gene and response regulatory systems, as well as developmental plasticity. How we maintain plant productivity in the face of changing environments and shifting distribution ranges as the limits to plant plasticity are reached will also be addressed.

In addition to invited speakers, there will be presentations selected from submitted abstracts and applications, ensuring that late-breaking developments are fully represented.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Salt and Water Stress in Plants" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Dealing with a Changing Environment
  • Root Responses to Abiotic Stress
  • Shoot Responses to Abiotic Stress
  • Abiotic Stress Signalling
  • Metabolic Consequences of Abiotic Stress
  • Genome Level Responses to the Environment
  • Living in Extreme Environments
  • Making Use of Natural and Engineered Variation
  • Crop Productivity Under Abiotic Stress
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