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2023 MAS-ASPB & UMD Plant Symposium Schedule

Venue: The Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, College Park Room 0224

Day One: Wednesday (May 24, 2023)
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
8:30 – 9:00 am Simple breakfast served to all attendees
9:00 – 9:05 am Welcome remark by UMD-PSLA Chair John Erwin
9:05 – 9:10 am Keynote speaker introduction by Jose Feijo
9:10 – 10:00 am Keynote address – Alice Cheung (UMass Amherst)
Pollen-Pistil Interaction: a long and winding road to fertilization
10:00 – 10:15 am Coffee Break, Set up presentations for Session I
10:15 – 12:00 pm Session I: Plant Growth and Development (session chair: Juan Dong)
10:15 – 10:40 am Anna Stepanova (North Carolina State University)
Auxin biosynthesis: a geneticist’s perspective
10:40 – 11:05 am Angus Murphy (University of Maryland)
Resolving a paradox: “inactive” auxin metabolites regulate apical hook maintenance
11:05 – 11:30 am Xingyun Qi (Rutgers Camden)
Diverse EPF signals regulate stomatal development
11:30 – 11:40 am Elle Zelinsky (Penn State University)
Modification of pectin by polygalacturonases is involved in growth and development of Arabidopsis thaliana
11:40 – 11:50 am Guanhua Feng (Penn State University)
A novel Arabidopsis regulator for anther gene expression and pollen wall formation
11:50 – 12:00 pm Debamalya Chatterjee (Penn State University)
Understanding Spatiotemporal Regulation of Basal Endosperm Differentiation in Maize
12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch (boxed lunched served to all attendees), networking
12:15 – 12:45 pm Icebreaker Bingo Game (Organizer: Jayson Padilla of ASPB)
12:45 – 2:00 pm Poster Session (Odd numbers present)


2:00– 3:20 pm Session II: Plant Genetics and Genomics (session chair: Vijay Tiwari)
2:00 – 2:25 pm Yinong Yang (Penn State University)
CRISPR/Cas Genome Editing for Rice Functional Genomics and Trait improvement
2:25 – 2:50 pm Sachin Rustgi (Clemson University)
Nourish the population with nutritionally enhanced, healthier, safer wheat and peanuts
2:50 – 3:00 pm Xi Luo (University of Maryland)
A MYB transcription factor SALAD regulates leaf serration in woodland strawberry
3:00 – 3:10 pm Gautam Saripalli (University of Maryland)
Identification of a novel candidate gene controlling spikelet number per spike in wheat for grain yield improvement
3:10 – 3:20 pm Sunil Kenchanmane Raju (New York University)
Unraveling Root Architecture Complexity at Single-cell Resolution in Maize
3:20 – 3:35 pm Coffee Break, Set up presentations for Session III
3:35 – 5:00 pm Session III: Plant Biotic Interaction (session chair: Nidhi Rawat)
3:35 – 4:00 pm Shunyuan Xiao (University of Maryland)
Breaking down nonhost resistance to understand plant immunity
4:00 – 4:25 pm Christopher Clarke (USDA-ARS)
Diverse mobile genetic elements shaped phytopathogenicity of Streptomyces
4:25 – 4:40 pm Pai Li (Michigan State University)
The Nucleo-cytoplasmic Function of Actin Depolymerization Factors (ADF) in Plant Immunity
4:40 – 4:50 pm Ashley Dague (Marshall University)
Identification and analysis of antimicrobial compounds from model mosses Physcomitrella patens and Ceratodon purpureus
4:50 – 5:00 pm Bhavit Chhabra (University of Maryland)
Discovery and mapping of FHB-resistant mutations in a susceptible wheat variety
5:00 – 5:15 pm Short Break
5:15 – 6:15 pm Career Development Workshop (convener: Hua Lu)
Panelists: Vishnu Mishra (ASPB ambassador), Huachun Larue (Bayer Crop Science), Tomas Cermak (Ball Horticultural Company), and Emily Wu (Corteva Agriscience)
6:30 – 9:00 pm Reception/dinner at The Hall CP for all attendees

4656 Hotel Dr, College Park, MD 20742



Day Two: Thursday (May 25, 2023)
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
8:30 – 9:00 am Simple breakfast served to all attendees
9:00 – 9:05 am Welcome remark by UMD-IBBR Co-Director David Weber
9:05 – 9:10 am Keynote speaker introduction by David Weber
9:10 – 10:00 am Keynote address – Henry Daniell (University of Pennsylvania)
Engineering plant genome to advance human health – affordable drugs for increased global access
10:00 – 10:15am Coffee Break, Set up presentations for Session IV
10:15 – 12:00 pm Session IV: Plant Biotechnology (session chair: Edward Eisenstein)
10:15 – 10:40 am Aditya Kunjapur (University of Delaware)
Engineering rhizobacteria for biosynthesis of plant effectors and for containment
10:40 – 11:05 am Meng Xie (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
Populus protoplast experimental system enables systematic characterization of bHLH transcription factors
11:05 – 11:15 am Rahul Singh (University of Pennsylvania)
Orally delivered proinsulin bioencapsulated in marker-free lettuce plant cells regulates blood sugar levels similar to natural insulin
11:15 – 11:25 am Yanhao Cheng (University of Maryland)
CRISPR-Cas12a base editors confer efficient multiplexed genome editing in rice
11:25 – 11:35 am Joseph Lagner (University of Maryland)
CRISPR-Based Disease Detection Strategies for Candidatus Phytoplasma
11:35 – 11:45 pm Aobo Huang (Rutgers University)
Application of Proximity Labeling in Plant Cell Polarity Study
11:45 – 12:30 pm Lunch (boxed lunches served to all attendees), networking
12:30 – 1:45 pm Grant Development Workshop (convener: Fereshteh Shahoveisi)
Panelists: Courtney Jahn (NSF), Amer Fayad (USDA-NIFA), Christian Tobias (USDA-NIFA), and Shing Kwok (DOE-BER)
1:45 – 3:00 pm Poster Session (Even numbers present)
3:00– 4:35 pm Session V: Plant Evolution and Ecology with Climate Change (session chair: Hong Ma)
3:00 – 3:25 pm Tanya Renner (Penn State University)
Evolution by co-option and convergence in the carnivorous plants
3:25 – 3:50 pm Corlett Wood (University of Pennsylvania)
Crosstalk between mutualistic and parasitic endosymbionts on the same host plant
3:50 – 4:15 pm Sean Sharp (University of Maryland)
Species matter: How soil carbon and greenhouse gas dynamics differ across similar plant communities experiencing saltwater intrusion
4:15 – 4:25 pm John Jelesko (Virginia Tech)
Fear and Loathing in “Poison Ivy Land”: Increasing Atmospheric CO2 Levels Correlated With Increased Clinical Toxicodendron Dermatitis in Virginia (and the COVID pandemic made it worse).
4:25 – 4:35 pm Guojin Zhang (Penn State University)
The comprehensive nuclear phylogenetic tree of orchids provided new insights into the evolution of orchids growing on trees
4:35 – 4:45 pm Short break
4:45 – 4:55 pm Poster Awards, Oral Presentation Awards
4:55 – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks by ASPB CEO Crispin Taylor
5:00 – 5:10 pm Poster Take-down and Departure