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Plant Volatiles (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Role of Plant Volatiles: Inspiring a New Generation of Molecular Omics Enabled Field Biologists


January 30-31, 2016


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA


Michael Gutensohn & Sybille B. Unsicker

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Plant Volatiles 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.

The 2nd Plant Volatiles Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will bring together young international scientists from a diverse array of scientific disciplines such as plant biology, entomology, microbiology, pharmacology, agronomy, food science, biochemistry, genetics, and ecology. The attendees, representing a new generation of biologists, will have the unique opportunity to participate in highly interdisciplinary, interactive and constructive discussions of current research and emerging areas in the field of plant volatiles with their direct peers. Through poster and oral presentations, the 2016 GRS will feature new, unpublished progress on the following topics of plant volatile research:
  1. The role of volatiles in interactions of plants with their biotic environment
  2. The interplay of abiotic factors and plant volatile formation and function
  3. Plant volatile biosynthesis, engineering and applications in agriculture and pharmacology
  4. Perception of volatiles by plants, animals and humans, and resulting responses
Dr. Nicole van Dam, a key scientific leader and experienced educator (Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research iDiv, Germany), and Dr. Philipp Zerbe, representing early career faculty (UC Davis, USA), will provide keynote addresses and serve as mentors. Dr. Susanne Brink (Editor, Trends in Plant Science) will serve as additional mentor and share her experience in alternative science careers and science communication. The program of the Plant Volatiles GRS will provide ample time to discuss science and career choices with peers and members of the mentoring team.

The open minded, scientifically stimulating and collegial atmosphere of the meeting is designed to develop collaborations among and promote professional growth of a new generation of biologists. The GRS immediately precedes the Plant Volatiles Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and is designed by and for young scientists that are expected to actively participate by either oral or poster presentations. We enthusiastically encourage participation of young scientists, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, with diverse backgrounds and research experiences from around the world. Travel and registration support for both U.S. and international participants are anticipated.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Plant Volatiles" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Plant Volatile Biosynthesis and Engineering
Discussion Leader: Michael Gutensohn (West Virginia University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmPhilipp Zerbe (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Discovery and Engineering of Terpene Metabolic Diversity: A Research and Career Perspective"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPlant Volatile Biosynthesis and Engineering (continued)
Discussion Leaders: Funmilayo Adebesin (Purdue University, USA) and Srikanta Dani Kaidala Ganesha (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmJudith Booth (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Terpene Biosynthesis in Cannabis sativa"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmYichun Qian (Purdue University, USA)
"Involvement of Cytosolic Chorismate Mutase in the Formation of Phenylalanine-Derived Volatile Compounds in Plants"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmJan Gunther (Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
"Multiple Pathways for the Formation of Aromatic Volatiles in Populus trichocarpa"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
The Interplay of Abiotic Factors and Plant Volatile Formation and Function
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmStefano Catola (Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Italy)
"Stress-Induced Signaling: Intraspecific Plants Communication Mediated by VOCs"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmAdedayo Mofikoya (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)
"Adherence of Semi Volatiles on Neighbouring Plant Surfaces. A Mechanism for Associational Resistance?"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmEric Scott (Tufts University, USA)
"Sampling Plant Volatiles in the Field: A New Alternative to Dynamic Headspace Sampling"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMentorship Component: Following the Scent of Science
Discussion Leaders: Sybille Unsicker (Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany) and Rose Kigathi (Pwani University, Kenya)
9:00 am - 9:45 amNicole Van Dam (Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany)
"Following the Scent of Science: A Short Account of My Career in Chemical Ecology"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
The Role of Volatiles in Interactions of Plants with Their Biotic Environment
10:00 am - 10:15 amGerard Farre (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry, Spain)
"Ozone Degrades Floral Scent and Reduces Pollinator Attraction to Flowers"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amFranziska Eberl (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
"How Do Multiple Attacks Influence the Volatile Emission of Populus nigra and the Feeding of a Lepidopteran Generalist?"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amJordano Salamanca (Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil)
"Combining Multiple Strategies to Manipulate Natural Enemy Behavior and Enhance Their Services in Agro-Ecosystems"
10:55 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 pmPerception of Volatiles by Plants and Animals
Discussion Leader: Sandra Lackner (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmLucie Conchou (Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
"Host Plant Odors and Oviposition Site Selection by a Generalist Herbivore Moth"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmAnjel Helms (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Exposure to a Putative Insect Pheromone Enhances the Anti-Herbivore Defenses of Its Host Plant"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmMaarten Ameye (Ghent University, Belgium)
"Green Leaf Volatiles Protect Monocot Crops Against Several Pathogens"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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