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Salt & Water Stress in Plants (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

New Discoveries in Plant Salt and Water Stress: From Phenotype to Mechanism


May 28-29, 2016


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland


Magdalena M. Julkowska & Aaron B. Stephan

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Salt and Water Stress in Plants 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.

Research on salt and water stress in plants is an increasingly important topic of study in light of global climate change as well as increasing world population. This GRS will be a great opportunity for young researchers to gain insights in recent technological advances enabling high-throughput phenotyping and genotyping leading to novel salt and water stress tolerance mechanisms. This GRS will focus on:

  • Identification of novel phenotypic traits in salt and water stress
  • Molecular mechanisms guiding salt and water stress tolerance
  • Applications of fundamental research in field conditions
  • Lessons learned from extremophiles and non-model plants

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Salt & Water Stress in Plants" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final 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 pmLessons Learned from Extremophiles and Non-Model Plants
Discussion Leader: Mitchell Morton (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
3:15 pm - 3:25 pmOctavio Salazar Moya (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
"Salt Responses Through the Eyes of a Sodium Accumulator. Phenotypic and Transcriptomic Characterization of the Halophyte Salicornia bigelovii Under Different Salinity Conditions"
3:25 pm - 3:30 pmDiscussion
3:30 pm - 3:40 pmDonnelly West (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Transcription, Translation and Tight Chromatin: Two Tomatoes Treated Terribly Tell Tales of Trials"
3:40 pm - 3:45 pmDiscussion
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmSandra Schmoeckel (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
"Using the Genome of Chenopodium quinoa to Identify Transporters Involved in Salinity Tolerance"
3:55 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmMolecular Mechanisms Guiding Salt and Water Stress Tolerance
Discussion Leader: Johannes Scharwies (The University of Adelaide, Australia)
5:30 pm - 5:40 pmPedro Barreto (Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
"Overexpression of Mitochondrial Uncoupling Protein 1 Increases Seed Production Under Drought Stress in Nicotiana tabacum"
5:40 pm - 5:45 pmDiscussion
5:45 pm - 5:55 pmMargarida Rosa (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
"Key Players of the Rice SUMOylation Machinery in Drought Response: Exploring Tissue Specificity Towards Enhancement of Fitness Under Stress"
5:55 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmEstee Tee (Australian National University, Australia)
"The Role of a Chloroplast Signal, PAP, in Regulating Stomatal Closure"
6:10 pm - 6:15 pmDiscussion
6:15 pm - 6:25 pmAlice Robustelli (University of Milan, Italy)
"Molecular Basis of the ABA Dependent Modulation of CONSTANS Activity in Drought Escape Response"
6:25 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:40 pmArianna Nigro (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
"STP13, a Sugar Transporter Contributing to Salinity Stress Tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana?"
6:40 pm - 6:45 pmDiscussion
6:45 pm - 6:55 pmBhaskara Badiger (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
"Phosphatase Signaling and Microtubule Associated Stress Protein (MAPS1) Regulate Microtubule Stability and Plant Growth During Drought"
6:55 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:10 pmJubin Shah (Centre for Organismal Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany)
"Abiotic Stress-Response Reprogramming Events Underlie Successful Initiation of Apomixis"
7:10 pm - 7:15 pmDiscussion
7:15 pm - 7:25 pmCaitlin Byrt (The University of Adelaide, Australia)
"Charging Up Water Transport with Plant Aquaporins Permeable to Ions"
7:25 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amIdentification of Novel Phenotypic Traits in Salt and Water Stress
Discussion Leader: Marko Bajic (Emory University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amLidor Shaar-Moshe (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
"Plant Adaptations to Abiotic Stress Combinations Involved Significant Shifts in Physiological and Transcriptional Dynamics"
9:10 am - 9:15 amDiscussion
9:15 am - 9:25 amNadia Al Tamimi (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
"Discovery of New Loci Associated with Salinity Tolerance in Rice Using High-Throughput Phenotyping"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:40 amDorota Kawa (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Phosphate Dependent Root System Architecture Responses to Salt Stress"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 9:55 amMariam Awlia (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
"Mapping Genetic Components Underlying Early Salt Stress Responses in Arabidopsis thaliana"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:10 amKaisa Kajala (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Mapping the Tomato Root Responses and Gene Expression in Drought and Flooding"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:25 amTherese LaRue (Stanford University, USA)
"Understanding the Role of Roots in Soil Salinity Tolerance"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amChrista Testerink (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Perspective on Novel Traits in Salt and Water Stress"
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 pmApplications of Fundamental Research in Field Conditions
Discussion Leader: Shawkat Ali (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pmLovely Mae Lawas (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany)
"Agronomic and Metabolic Characterization of Rice Under Combined Heat and Drought Stress and Post-Stress Recovery"
1:40 pm - 1:45 pmDiscussion
1:45 pm - 1:55 pmJudith Atieno (University of Adelaide, Australia)
"Use of the Plant Accelerator© to Map Quantitative Trait Loci for Salinity Tolerance in Chickpea"
1:55 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmMichael Nuccio (Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, USA)
"Applying Genetic Engineering to Improve Crop Performance: A Career Perspective"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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