Wednesday, June 12

Daily Program-at-a-Glance

Time Event Location
7:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration Grand Salons A-D Foyer
Morning 7:00 am – 12:30 pm
8:00 am – 10:00 am The Importance of the Microbiome for Animal and Plant Health Grand Salon F
10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break Grand Salon F Foyer
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Cannabis Genomics and Biotechnology Grand Salons G-J
Data Analysis Techniques for Microbiome Research Meeting Rooms 12
Genome Editing Technology Development: CAS9 and Beyond Grand Salon F
Afternoon 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
1:00  pm – 5:45 pm Exploring the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Tour
Meet buses at 12:45 pm
Off Property
1:00  pm – 6:00 pm Conservation and Transformation in the Sunshine State Tour
Meet buses at 12:45 pm
Off Property

Wednesday, June 12

7:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration Grand Salons A-D Foyer


THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MICROBIOME FOR ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH

Conveners:     Mae Ciancio, Midwestern University, and Allan Wenck, BASF

8:00 am – 10:00 am Plenary Symposium Grand Salon F

Micro-organisms impact our daily life, the extent of which is becoming more evident with new methodologies and analysis platforms.  In this session we will explore the impact of the microbiome on human and agriculture health.  Leading studies on microbial alterations associated with inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer will be discussed, with emphasis on the cellular and molecular immunological consequences of an unhealthy intestinal microbial community.   Similar to the intestinal microbiome impacting human health and disease, the microbial community that encases plant roots impacts the health and resilience of the plant.  How do specific microbial communities migrate to and communicate with the root, fostering resilience to pathogens and periods of drought? Human and plant reliance on microbial community health and diversity will be discussed, fostering the knowledge that we are truly an intertwined community.

8:00

Introduction (M. Ciancio and A. Wenck)

8:05  PS-10 Intestinal Microbiota: At the Intersection of Health and Diseases
Christian Jobin, University of Florida
8:40  PS-11 Getting Outside the Lab: Endophytes as Modifiers of Plant Stress
Briana K. Whitaker, North Carolina State University
9:15 PS-12 GWAPA: Genome Wide Phytobiome Analysis
Piet Jones, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
9:50 Discussion


10:00 am – 10:30 pm Coffee Break Grand Salon F Foyer

CANNABIS GENOMICS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

Conveners:    Katya Boudko, Canopy Growth Corporation, and Hemant Lata, University of Mississippi

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Plant Symposium Grand Salons G-J

With the ongoing legalization of Cannabis in several different jurisdictions, for research, medicinal and recreational purposes, the industry is advancing quickly to capitalize on the opportunity that comes with it. The Cannabis Genomics and Biotechnology section will provide to the audience an insight into the evolving connection between mass-production of cannabis and the development of molecular screening and breeding tools for this plant. The speakers will share some recent work in cannabis genomics and discuss similarities/differences to decades of comparable work in other crops.

10:30 Introduction (K. Boudko and H. Lata)
10:35 P-34 Development of Tissue Culture Methods for Marijuana (Cannabis sativa L.) Strains to Achieve Agrobacterium-mediated Transformation to Enhance Disease Resistance
Zamir K. Punja, Simon Fraser University
11:00 P-35 Cataloging Existing Variation and Rebuilding Better Cannabis Genomes for New Markets
John McKay, New West Genetics
11:25 P-36 Polyploidization for the Genetic Improvement of Cannabis sativa
Jessica Parsons, Canopy Growth Corporation
11:50 P-37 The Role of Genetics in Large-Scale Hemp Production
Jonathan Vaught, Front Range Biosciences
12:15  Discussion


DATA ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES FOR MICROBIOME RESEARCH

Convener:      Kristina Martinez-Guryn, Midwestern University

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Animal Workshop Meeting Rooms 12

The advancement of culture-independent techniques and next-generation sequencing has led to a rise in the number of microbiome studies over the last decade. Communities should be studied as a whole because many micro-organisms have never been cultured independently. The advancement of next-generation DNA sequencing has allowed sophisticated analysis and sampling of these complex systems, revealing differences in community structure as well as microbial functions. Although it remains important to identify the taxa of microbes, the next stage of microbiome research will need to focus on uncovering the role of the microbiome rather than its mere composition. I will first briefly discuss the historical origins of microbiome studies and tools  for determining the ecological diversity and identity of a microbial community. Next, I will introduce shotgun sequencing technologies such as metagenomics and metatranscriptomics, the computational challenges and methods associated with these data. Finally, I will conclude with examples of the functional genomics of the microbiome from the human gut and environmental model systems, and its influences upon health and disease.

10:30 Introduction (K. Martinez-Guryn)
10:35 A-17 Data Analysis Techniques for Microbiome Research
Sonny T. M. Lee, University of Chicago

GENOME EDITING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT: CAS9 AND BEYOND

Conveners:       Pierluigi Barone, CORTEVA AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPontTMand Todd Jones, CORTEVA AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPontTM

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Plant Symposium Grand Salon F

Over the past two decades, genome editing technologies have been widely adopted with new, simpler reagents replacing the previously existing technologies. Once in use, the limitations and possibilities of the new technologies become evident and improvements soon follow. This session will bring together academic and industry leaders in this rapidly evolving area and will focus on the latest genome engineering tools and their optimization for user-defined specifications, enabling more diverse applications in basic as well as clinical and biotechnological research.

10:30 Introduction (P. Barone)
10:35 P-38 Simultaneous Genome Editing and Haploid Induction in Crops
Jianping Xu, Syngenta Biotech (China), Ltd.
11:10 P-39 Advances in CRISPR Cas12a and Cas12f Portfolio of Nucleases and Optimization Strategies for High Editing Efficiencies in Plant and Microbial Genomes
Mohammed Oufattole, Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc.
11:45 P-40 Gene Editing Innovation at Pairwise for Consumer and Row Crops
Aaron Hummel and Mike Mann, Pairwise
12:20 Discussion


1:00 pm – 5:45 pm Exploring the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Tour
Meet at buses by 12:45 pm
Off Property

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Conservation and Transformation in the Sunshine State Tour
Meet at buses by 12:45 pm
Off Property
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