Daily Program
Abstracts & Posters
Saturday, June 14 Keynote Symposium Plant Contributed Papers
Sunday, June 15 Plenary Symposia Animal Posters
Monday, June 16 Animal Symposia Plant Posters
Tuesday, June 17 Plant Symposia Education Posters
Wednesday, June 18 Invertebrate Conference Symposia 2008 Abstract Index
Education Symposia Late Submission Abstracts
Animal Contributed Papers


7:00 am – 5:30 pm Registration Presidio Registration Area


Conveners:        Amy A. Wang, GlaxoSmithKline, and David D. Songstad, Monsanto Company

8:00 am – 10:00 am Plenary Symposium Presidio I and II

RNA-based technologies,namely, antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), RNA interference (RNAi), and microRNA (miRNA), are a relatively new addition to the field of nucleic acid-based therapeutics. ASOs have been tested in the clinic for ten years, and have one product on the market. RNAi is a new preferred technique for specifically blocking gene expression so cellular phenotype and gene function can be studied. The pioneers of RNAi research have been awarded Nobel Prize in 2006. The revolutionary breakthrough of RNAi is having a major impact on drug discovery and development. The newly emerging technology of miRNAs may have therapeutically useful links to cancer and other diseases. The speakers in the plenary symposia willdescribe the new RNA-based technologies and their applications in both animal and plant research fields. They will provide up-to-date information on RNAi and miRNA products, and review recent progress in RNA-based drug discovery and development.

8:00 Introduction (A. A. Wang and D.D. Songstad)
8:05 PS-1 Moving from In Vitro to In Vivo RNAi
Chris Cunning, Invitrogen Corporation
8:40 PS-2 New Development of microRNA Research and Role of miR-34s in p53 Tumor Suppressor Network
Caifu Chen, Applied Biosystems
9:15 PS-3 Control of Coleopteran Insect Pests Through RNA Interference
Jim Roberts, Monsanto Company
9:50 Discussion
10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break Turquoise Ballroom



Conveners:        Melissa E. Hinga, RiceTech, Inc., and David D. Songstad, Monsanto Company

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Plant Symposium Presidio III and IV

The UN predicts that the world’s population will be approaching 8.5 billion by 2030 while the number of people living in rural areas will decrease to 40% of the world’s population (source: UN Dept Eco. and Soc. Affairs).  The increasing number of dwellers will put more pressure on fresh water supplies.  Higher crop yields will be required to feed the largely urban population.  Crops that are capable of using water more efficiently while maintaining or increasing grain or biomass yield must be developed.  Biotechnology provides one of the tools to assist in developing these water use efficient plants.  Identification of pathways responsible for increased stress tolerance will ultimately result in the transfer of novel genes for improved water use efficiency leading to improved crop performance.  In conjunction with the discovery of new traits via biotechnology, conventional breeding and molecular breeding provide additional tools to deliver these new traits in elite germplasm to provide a new generation of stress tolerant crops for farmers.  Today’s progress toward drought tolerant plants will lay the foundation for continuing to feed the world.

10:30 Introduction (M. E. Hinga and D.D. Songstad)
10:35 P-1 Improved Yield Stability of Maize Under Drought Stress
Michael H. Luethy, Monsanto Company
11:00 P-2 Genetic and Chemical Approaches to Delivering Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crops
T. Lynne Reuber, Mendel Biotechnology
11:25 P-3 Transgenic Approaches Towards Improved Drought Tolerance in Turf and Forage Grass (Paspalum notatum Flugge)
Fredy Altpeter, University of Florida
11:50 Discussion



Conveners:        John W. Harbell, Mary Kay, Inc., and Guy Smagghe, University of Ghent

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Animal Symposium Coronado I

Toxicology has traditionally relied on the use of surrogate species to predict the impact of chemicals on the species of interest (e.g. man). Generally, the surrogate species (i.e., rodents and lagomorphs) were chosen for convenient manipulation in the laboratory rather than a demonstrated physiological match to the human. Most regulatory toxicology follows this pattern and it is the response in the surrogate species rather than the expected response in humans that drives regulatory decisions. Over the past few decades, there has been a strong interest in replacing the surrogate animal tests with physiologically relevant in vitro assays. This process has begun slowly but is now gaining momentum. There is now a general consensus on how in vitro methods should be validated and formal review processes are in place. A number of new methods have approved for regulatory use and some are incorporated into international guidelines. This symposium will focus on three areas: 1) validation, review and acceptance procedures for new in vitro methods; 2) post approval application and improvements of these methods; and 3) the future paradigm proposed by the National Academy of Sciences to shift from surrogate species to identification of toxic pathways using human cells.

10:30 Introduction (J. W. Harbell and G. Smagghe)
10:35 A-1 Japanese Collaboration on Alternative to Animal Toxicology Testing
Hajime Kojima, Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods
11:10 A-2 Critical Review of the Test Paradigm to Predict Human Hepatotoxicity
Phillippe Vanparys, Altoxicon
11:45 A-3 In Vitro Alternatives in Toxicology: A Current and Future Science Perspective
Eugene Elmore, University of CaliforniaIrvine


Conveners:        Michael E. Kane, University of Florida, and Scott L. Stewart, PhytoTechnology Laboratories, LLC

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Plant Symposium Presidio III and IV

In vitro ecology is a new concept in the study and use of in vitro techniques, which focuses on the use of in vitro technologies in the propagation, evaluation, improvement, and identification of unique plants and plant characteristics.  These characteristics can include ecotypic and genotypic differentiation, mass propagation and transgenic improvement of plants for habitat restoration, and the in vitro use of plants as tools for bioassays and ecological studies. The study of in vitro ecology can lead to a better understanding the roles plant micropropagation, plant selection, and plant improvement play in our understanding of habitat restoration, plant mass propagation, habitat and plant ecology, and other in vitro technologies.  This session will define in vitro ecology by presenting topics current to the application of this research area, as well as help to define the potential future for in vitro ecological studies. A short open discussion period will follow speaker presentations.

1:30 Introduction (M. E. Kane and S. L. Stewart)
1:40 P-4 Stable Transformation of Freshwater Wetland Monocots and Its Ecological Implications
Suzanne M. D. Rogers
, Fairmont State University
2:05 P-5 Using In Vitro Techniques as Tools to Differentiate Ecotypes of Calopogon tuberosus, a North American Native Orchid
Philip Kauth, University of Florida


P-6 Applications of Underwater Grass Cultures for Bioassays and Chemical Ecology Studies
Stephen Ailstock, Anne Arundel Community College
2:45 Discussion


Conveners:        David Gidoni, The VolcaniCenter and Avraham A. Levy, The Weissman Institute of Sciences

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Plant Symposium Presido I and II

The precise integration of transgenes into plant genomes is critical for the controlled and stable expression of genes of interest.  It is necessary to avoid undesirable effects, such as gene silencing, mutation of host genes and position effects which may affect the specificity and stability of gene expression.  The ability to integrate DNA into a known site can also facilitate issues of GMOs regulation.  The integration of delivered DNA into a chromosomal sites can occur via three main pathways: 1- illegitimate, or non-homologous end joining, the most prominent pathway in plants;  2-  via gene targeting, the homologous recombination between the delivered DNA and a host chromosomal sequence; and 3- via recombinase-mediated site-specific recombination between a specific recognition site, present or introduced into the genome, and a delivered vector containing the compatible recognition sites.  This session will cover recent advances in all these fields.  For example, the engineering of nucleases (Zinc Finger Nucleases, or meganucleases) that can induce a DNA double strand break at any desired site, is an active field of research that will be addressed.  The induced break can then become a hotspot for DNA integration via homologous or non-homologous recombination with the delivered vector.  In addition, this session will emphasize novel sophisticated schemes of positive and negative selections that have been devised to select the targeted insertion of the delivered vector, via homologous or site-specific recombination.

 1:30 Introduction (D. Gidoni and A. A. Levy)
1:35 P-7 Targeted Integration After Agrobacterium-mediated DNA Delivery
Paul J. Hooykaas, Leiden University
2:00 P-8 Towards Zinc Finger Nucleases-mediated Gene Targeting in Plants
Tzvi Tzfira, University of
2:20 P-9 Zinc Finger Nuclease-mediated Gene Targeting in Plants
Joseph F. Petolino, Dow AgroSciences
2:40 P-10 Plant Genome Manipulation Using Cre/lox Technology
Vibha Srivastava, University of Arkansas



Conveners:        Cynthia L. Goodman, USDA/ARS, and Guido F. Caputo, Natural Resources Canada

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Animal Symposium Coronado I

The interactions between viruses and cells are quite complex and can be studied from many different angles.  How are viruses able to overcome the cells’ defenses and/or utilize host cell resources to proliferate?  What are some of the ways that cells attempt to combat viral invasion? Insights from these questions can lead to improved treatments for human/livestock diseases or to novel means of controlling pest insects employing biocontrol agents.  Additionally, our understanding of virus-cell interactions can be used to develop innovative tools in areas such as gene transfer technology that are important for studying physiological aspects of biomedical and agricultural research.  Our session will focus on how viruses specifically interact with host systems and how these viral platforms can be used in the gene transfer arena.

 1:30 Introduction (C. L. Goodman and G. F. Caputo)
1:35 A-4 Baculovirus Genes Affecting Host Functions
Suzanne M. Thiem, Michigan State University
2:00 A-5 Coronavirus Assembly at Intracellular Membranes
Brenda G. Hogue, Arizona State University
2:25 A-6 Viral Gene Transfer Vectors in Studies of Human Smooth Muscle Function
William T. Gerthoffer, University of South Alabama
2:50 Discussion




Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB)

Japanese Association for Animal Cell Technology (JAACT)

The Japanese Tissue Culture Association (JTCA)

 Program Chair:              David D. Ellis, USDA/ARS

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Opening Ceremony Presidio I and II

Conveners:        Todd J. Jones, BASF, David D. Ellis, USDA/ARS

3:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks:Todd J. Jones, President, Society for In Vitro Biology
3:05 2008 Fellow Award Recipients (Awards to be presented at Section Meetings):
Michael E. Horn,Michael Horn & Associates LLC
Arthur H. McIntosh, USDA/AR/ BCIRL
3:15 2008 Distinguished Service Award Presentations(Awards to be presented by Paul J. Price):
David D. Ellis, USDA/ARS
David W. Altman, IPR Consulting, Inc.
Nancy A. Reichert, Mississippi State University
Richard Heller,University of South Florida
John W. Harbell, Mary Kay Inc.
Michael E. Horn, Michael Horn & Associates, LLC
Dennis A. Laska, Eli Lilly& Company
3:40 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:(Introduction by Michael E. Horn; Acknowledgement by Dr. Widholm to follow)
Jack M. Widholm, University of Illinois
4:00 Robert H. Lawrence, Jr. Keynote Symposium
Introduction (T. J. Jones and D. D. Ellis)
Global Agriculture at the Crossroads: Pathway to an Era of Biohappiness
M. S. Swaminathan,
Chairman of the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; UNESCO Chair in Ecotechnology at the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India; and Chairman of the National Commission on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security of India


Turquoise Ballroom
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Student Poster Competition Turquoise Ballroom
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Exhibits and Posters Turquoise Ballroom


Sunday, June 15
Odd Poster Authors will be present
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Conveners:        Nancy Jean Engelmann, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, and Phillip J. Kauth, University of Florida

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Education Symposium Canyon Rooms

Bring your resume or CV and questions.  Our evening will consist of a brief formal program followed by interactive activities. We will begin with two presentations:

  1. Having the Right Stuff: when to prepare a CV vs Resume, what makes an outstanding CV or Resume, what supporting documents you should have with it.
  2. Interviewing Basics and the Differences between Academia vs. Industry: what you should be prepared to talk about and what skills may be expected of you.

We will then breakout for multiple interactions focused at several stations around the room. These will include:

  1. Opportunities for resume and CV review:  have the experts look at your CV or resume for critiquing and tips for improvement.
  1. Mock interviewing: Practice answering the types of questions you may be asked at an interview within academia, industry or a government setting.  We will limit these to 10-15 min per person in order to allow time for multiple mock interviews per participant. Academic, industry and government representatives will be available so that you can explore the differences between the different environments.  Multiple mock interview sessions will also expose you to more than one interviewer’s style.
7:30 Introduction (N. J. Engelmann and P. J. Kauth)
7:35 E-5 Having the Right Stuff: Outstanding Resumes and CV’s for Outstanding Career Opportunities
Alaina G. Levine, University of Arizona
8:00 E-6 Interviewing Basics and the Differences between Academia vs. Industry
Gregory C. Phillips, ArkansasStateUniversity, and Jerry Ranch, Pioneer Hi-Bred International
8:25 Workshop
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