Daily Program
Abstracts & Posters
Keynote Speaker Keynote Symposium Plant Contributed Papers
Sunday, June 3 International Conference Animal Posters
Monday, June 4 Animal Symposia & Workshops Education Posters
Tuesday, June 5 Plant Symposia & Workshops Plant Posters
Wednesday, June 6 Animal Contributed Papers Addendum Booklet
Thursday, June 7

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Daily Program-at-a-Glance

Time Event Location
7:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration Evergreen Foyer
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
8:00 am – 10:00 am Commercialization of GMO’s: IP – Risk Assessment and Regulatory Issues Evergreen ABC
10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break Evergreen Ballroom Foyer
10:30 am – 12:30pm Advances in Abiotic and Biotic Stress Tolerance Evergreen GHI
Sustainability in Agriculture Evergreen ABC
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1:00pm – 6:00pm Tour of Institute for Systems Biology and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Off Site
Tour of Pacific Rim Bonsai Collections and the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Off Site

Thursday, June 7

7:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration Evergreen Foyer


Conveners: Addy Alt-Holland, Tufts University and Cecilia L. Chi-Ham, University of California – Davis

8:00 am – 10:00 am Plenary Symposium Evergreen ABC

In spite of the global debate on genetically modified (GM) crops,  data from the last 15 years since biotechnology crops were commercialized supports its increasing adoption worldwide. Crop biotechnology continues to hold tremendous promise as scientists develop new agricultural crops to meet global demands for food security, energy, and climate change.  Despite the strong scientific capacity among university scientists; there are few examples of public sector research that advance through development, regulatory, and deployment phases of GM crops. Most commercially available GM crops have been developed by the private sector and have benefited large acreage crops which are necessary to recover the high R&D costs. The session will focus on key issues preventing public sector scientists from advancing GM crops from basic science to commercialization. Including, intellectual property rights, access to proprietary technologies, and capacity to navigate the regulatory and biosafety standards. We will discuss public-private and public-public partnership developing new GM crops for commercial and humanitarian purposes.

8:00 Introduction (A. Alt-Holland and C. L. Chi-Ham)
Global Status and Emerging Trends for GM Biotechnology of Plants and Animals
Martina Newell-McGloughlin, University of California – Davis
Intellectual Property Issues In Commercializing GM Products
Otis Littlefield, Morrison & Foerster
The Role of Biotechnology in Global Food Security, Health, and Poverty Alleviation
Lawrence Kent, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
9:50 Discussion

10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break Evergreen Ballroom Foyer


Convener: Mariya Vladimirovna Khodakovskaya, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Plant Symposium Evergreen GHI

Plants as all living organisms need to be able to perceive and respond to a wide range of environmental signals. They possess mechanisms to detect specific signals, transduce the information and initiate the appropriate response. The specific molecular mechanisms of stress signal transduction pathways still remains an open question. However, in recent past significant progress was achieved in identification of key second messengers, investigation of cross talk between different signaling components and characterization of stress-related transcriptional factors. New genetic, biochemical, molecular and cell biological approaches were developed and used for understanding molecular base of abiotic and biotic stress tolerance. Identification of key factors involved in plant stress response not only can give new insights into stress network but also open new perspectives for genetic improvement of stress tolerance in crop species. This session will highlight recent advances in understanding of mechanisms of plant tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses and emphasize how such discoveries can be used in crop improvement.

10:30 Introduction (M. K. Khodakovskaya)
Death Be Not Proud: Modulation of Programmed Cell Death for Disease/Stress Tolerance in Plants
Martin B. Dickman, Texas A&M University
Protein Phosphorylation and Degradation in Plant Responses to Herbivory
Johannes Stratmann, University of South Carolina
Enoyl-ACP Reductase Is an Essential Component of Fatty Acid Biosynthesis and a Linking Point of Stress Response and Oil Biosynthesis
Hui Chen, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Functional Characterization of AtCLB Protein, a Novel Repressor of Abiotic Stress Response
Mariya Khodakovskaya, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
12:15 Discussion


Convener: David D. Songstad, Cibus LLC

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Plant Symposium Evergreen ABC

Diverse opinions exist within society with regards to sustainable agriculture. The three pillars of sustainable agriculture are the economic, societal and environmental inputs. However, these various opinions are diverse because of special interest focus on one input (such as the environment) and excluding the other inputs. Furthermore, special interest groups have stated that in vitro technology (biotechnology) is outside of the definition of sustainable agriculture. With a global population now exceeding 7 billion people and on track for reaching 10 billion by 2050, technology will be one of the solutions to feeding this growing population in a sustainable manner. The speakers will address sustainable agriculture from an agricultural systems perspective, discussion of “sustainability standards” from a policy standpoint and the need for partnerships to promote sustainable agriculture internationally.

10:30 Introduction (D. D. Songstad)
10:35 P-34 Sustainability in Agriculture: Building a Foundation for Food Security
Jerry Hatfield, United States Department of Agriculture
11:10 P-35 Will “Sustainability” Standards Shun Biotech and Nanotech Innovation?
Thomas Redick, Global Environmental Ethics Council (GEEC)
11:45 P-36 Partnerships Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture
Julie Borlaug, Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture
12:20 Discussion