2021 Joint MA-ASPB / University of Maryland

Plant Virtual Symposium

Venue: Zoom platform

Time: May 27 (Thursday) and May 28 (Friday), 2021


Day One Thursday, May 27, 2021
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome (Hua Lu) 
9:05 – 9:55 Keynote Address I

Doris Wagner


University of Pennsylvania

  (Re)programming Cell fate and function in response to developmental and environmental cues 
9:55 – 10:00 Break (5 min) 
10:00-12:00 Session I: Regulation of Plant Growth and Development

(Session Chair: Zhongchi Liu) 

10:00-10:25 Guillaume Pilot Virginia Tech
An amino acid transporter plays a regulatory role in amino acid homeostasis in plants: evidence for a new transceptor? 
10:25-10:50 Macarena Farcuh University of Maryland, College Park
Sugar metabolism reprogramming during ripening of a climacteric fruit and its non-climacteric mutant 
10:50-11:15 Song Li Virginia Tech
Selecting candidate regulatory genes using machine learning and multi-omics data integration 
11:15-12:25 Custodio Nunes University of Maryland, College Park
Bioelectrical signals in pollen tubes: a beacon for apical morphogenesis and chemotropism? 
11:25-11:35 Lu Wang Rutgers University
Connected function of PRAF and GNOM in membrane trafficking controls intrinsic cell polarity in plants 
11:35-11:45 Madison Plunkert University of Maryland, College Park
Characterization of a vegetative tissue-specific regulator of anthocyanin coloration in diploid strawberry
11:45-12:00 Michael Mishkind NSF
  Current funding opportunities at NSF
12:00 – 12:30 Meeting with NSF program officer, Dr. Michael Mishkind

Social in Zoom chatroom


12:30 – 1:30 Poster Session

(Session Chairs: Juan Dong and Steve Mount) 

1:30 – 2:45 Session II: Plant Genomics and Evolution

(Session Chair: Vijay Tiwari) 

1:30-1:55 Fay-Wei Li Boyce Thompson Institute
Expanding the genomic and genetic toolkits for hornwort research
1:55-2:20 Emily Bruns University of Maryland, College Park
Disease transmission, age-structure and resistance evolution in wild carnations
2:20-2:45 Hong Ma Pennsylvania State University
Phylotranscriptomics of angiosperm families and implications for gene duplication on evolution of fruit type and other adaptive traits
2:45 – 3:00 Break (15 min) 
3:00 – 4:00 Career Development (Session Chair Nick Ruppel) 
  Discussion Panel I: What is it Like to Teach in Colleges of Varying Research Intensity? 


              Samantha Elliot St. Mary’s College of Maryland
              COVID-19 as a paradigm shift in undergraduate education
              Joanna Werner-Fraczek Morena Valley College
              Edgar Moctezuma University of Maryland, College Park
4:00-5:00 Online social: Gentle Yoga with Elaine MacDougall 

Social in Zoom chatroom




Day Two Friday, May 28, 2021 
9:00-10:20 Session III: Plant Biotic Interaction

(Session Chair: Shunyuan Xiao) 

9:00-9:25 Jean Greenberg The University of Chicago
Epidermal chloroplasts, ALD1 and immunity 
9:25-9:50 Mark Zander Rutgers University
Master Transcription Factors at Work. New Insights into MYCs and PIFs 
9:50-10:00 Ying Wu University of Maryland, College Park
Understanding mechanisms of nonhost resistance through a genetically tailored Arabidopsis-Powdery mildew pathosystem 
10:00-10:10 Jessica Allison University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Circadian Regulation of the GRP7 Gene by the Master Clock Regulator CCA1 is Important for Plant Innate Immunity 
10:10-10:20 Taylor Schulden University of Maryland, College Park
  Fine-Mapping Wheat Leaf Rust (Puccinia recondita f. sp. tritici) and Stripe Rust (Puccinia striiformis) Resistance Genes Lr57 and Yr40 
10:20-10:30 Break (10 min) 
10:30-11:50 Session IV: Genome Editing and Biotechnology

(Session Chair: Nidhi Rawat) 

10:30-10:55 Bastiaan Bargmann Virginia Tech
Protoplast Regeneration and Its Use in New Plant Breeding Technologies 
10:55-11:20 Tong Zhu Syngenta
Genome editing from laboratory to field: challenges and opportunities 
11:20-11:30 Gen Li University of Maryland, College Park
Highly efficient C-to-T and A-to-G base editing in a Populus hybrid 
11:30-11:40 Xing Wei Virginia Tech
Exploring the scikit-learn machine-learning library for hyperspectral band selection to detect stem rot of peanut 
11:40-11:50 Adam Schoen University of Maryland, College Park
  Identification of a Tiller Inhibition Gene (tin3) in Hexaploid Bread Wheat Using Diploid Wheat Species as a Model for Gene Discovery


11:50 – 12:30 Social in Zoom chatroom


12:30 – 1:30 Career Development Career Development (Session Chair: Yiping Qi) 

Discussion panel II: Career in Biotech Industry – Perspectives from Experts of Biotech Companies 

            Panelists: Tong Zhu (Syngenta)

                              Aaron Hummel (Pairwise)

                              Mike Nuccio (Inari Agriculture) 

1:30 – 2:20 Keynote Address II (Session Chair: Angus Murphy)
  Yiping Qi University of Maryland, College Park
  Development of CRISPR tools for multiplexed and large-scale plant genome engineering 
2:20-2:30 Awards, Acknowledgements, and Closing