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CO2 Assimilation in Plants from Genome to Biome (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Expanding the Relevance of Photosynthesis Research for the Next Generation of Plant Scientists


April 29-30, 2017


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


Berkley J. Walker & Yu Wang

Application Deadline

Applications are no longer being accepted for this meeting. If you have been instructed to apply by the Conference Chair, please contact Ariel LaPorte for further instructions.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on CO2 Assimilation in Plants from Genome to Biome is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

There has been recent major investment towards increasing CO2 assimilation and yield by improving our understanding of assimilation pathways, screening natural and cultivated varieties for elite traits, exploring plant interactions with the environment and quantifying CO2 gas exchange from the leaf to the canopy level. This investment has not only produced exciting discoveries regarding the fundamental function and potential of photosynthesis, but has also inspired a fresh generation of researchers hungry to contribute in unique ways to our future understanding of plant biology. This Gordon Research Seminar is devoted to both reporting advances in "Grand Challenge" efforts focused on re-designing photosynthesis as well as highlighting novel and unexpected directions for future photosynthesis research. Speakers will be selected based on how much the reported work advances "Grand Challenge" goals for increasing photosynthetic efficiency or expands the relevance of photosynthesis in novel and unexpected ways.

Funding Notice: The CO2 Assimilation Chairs are committed to increasing diversity at the GRS and GRC and have therefore set aside funds to support the participation of eligible underrepresented minority students, faculty and scientists. More information including application is available at http://bit.ly/2eL2X4v.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by January 29, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "CO2 Assimilation in Plants from Genome to Biome" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Insights into the Present and Future of Global Agriculture
Discussion Leader: Yu Wang (University of Illinois, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmMaricelis Acevedo (Cornell University, USA)
"The Future of Agriculture: How Will You Have Impact?"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmProgress in Advancing the Grand Challenges of Photosynthesis Research
Discussion Leader: Douglas Orr (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmSanu Shameer (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"A Diel Constraint-Based Modelling Approach to Study Photosynthesis"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmSusanna Boxall (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
"Phenotypic Consequences of Silencing the Primary Nocturnal Carboxylase and Its Circadian Phospho-Regulator in the Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Model Kalanchoë"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmCoralie Salesse-Smith (Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, USA)
"Overexpression of Rubisco Chaperones and Subunits Increases Rubisco Content and CO2 Assimilation in Maize"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmFlorian Busch (The Australian National University, Australia) and Johannes Kromdijk (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"New Perspectives on Mesophyll Conductance"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amNew Directions and Innovations in Understanding Carbon and Water Exchange
Discussion Leader: Steven Driever (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:20 amShyam Pariyar (University of Bonn, Germany)
"Do Aerosols Affect the Stomatal Responses to Humidity and Increased CO2?"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amDianne Pater (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Examining Natural Variation in Water Use Efficiency Traits in Diverse Accessions of Brassica napus L"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amPauline Lemonnier (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Does Phloem Loading Influence Plant Photosynthetic Responses to Elevated Atmospheric [CO2]?"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMeisha Holloway-Phillips (Australian National University, Australia)
"Applications with d18O CO2: How Well Do Our Assumptions Hold?"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Berkley Walker (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Now What? Career Options Inside and Out of the Ivory Tower"
  • Anna Armstrong (Nature Publishing Group, United Kingdom)
  • Alexander Galle (Bayer CropScience NV, Belgium)
  • Stephen Long (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Elsie Randall (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Joy Ward (University of Kansas, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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