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Plant Volatiles
Gordon Research Conference

The Role of Plant Volatiles in Communication


February 4-9, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Harro J. Bouwmeester & Florian P. Schiestl

Vice Chairs:
Joerg-Peter Schnitzler & Mark Lange

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 7, 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

Plants produce thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted from organs such as leaves, flowers and roots. These small, chemically diverse molecules are responsible for the aroma of plants and plant products - so are important in agriculture - and have important roles in the communication of plants with other organisms. Hence they are of vital importance for reproduction, growth and development as well as protection against a range of plant enemies. For example, plant volatiles attract pollinators, fruit dispersers and organisms that control pest insects; they repel herbivores, exert anti-microbial effects, protect plants from abiotic stress and activate resistance traits in neighboring plants via airborne plant-plant signaling.

The goal of the GRC Plant Volatiles is to enhance our understanding of the incredible diversity of plant volatile-mediated interactions of plants with their environment and our awareness of their potential applications. Topics at the GRC Plant Volatiles 2018 will cover an array of disciplines ranging from pollination and VOC-mediated resistance in plants to pests and pathogens, bacterial VOCs that promote plant growth and resistance, to the genetic and enzymatic control of the synthesis of VOCs or their perception in plants and animals. Methods cover the entire range from molecular genetics and next-generation analytical tools to field studies. The interdisciplinary character of the meeting should create an atmosphere for lively interdisciplinary discussions, creation of new ideas and the establishment of new collaborations.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Plant Volatiles" 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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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by October 4, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • The Biosynthesis and Ecological Role of Plant Volatiles
    (Mark Lange / Eran Pichersky / Matthias Erb)
  • Perception of Volatiles in Animals
    (Brian Smith / Jeffrey Riffell / Markus Knaden)
  • Perception of Volatiles in Plants
    (Robert Schuurink / Julian Schroeder / Javier Pozueta-Romero)
  • The Role of Volatiles in Pollination
    (Manfred Ayasse / Stefan Doetterl / Paulo Milet-Pinheiro / Rod Peakall / Zu Pengjuan)
  • Integrating Volatiles into Floral Evolution
    (Stefan Doetterl / Cris Kuhlemeier / Philipp Schlüter)
  • Volatiles: Agricultural and Industrial Importance
    (Ted Turlings / Leandro Pena / Angenor Mafra-Neto / Hilary Rogers)
  • Biosynthesis and Transport of Volatiles
    (Natalia Doudareva / Sander van der Krol / Tobias Koellner)
  • Volatiles and Interspecies Interactions
    (Andre Kessler / Choong-Min Ryu / Peter Toth)
  • Volatiles and Herbivory
    (Consuelo De Moraes / Jonathan Gershenzon / Rupesh Kariyat)
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