Wednesday, June 3

For your viewing convenience, the 2015 In Vitro Biology Meeting Final Program has been broken down by day.

Daily Program
Abstracts & Posters
Keynote Speaker Keynote Symposium Animal Contributed Papers
Saturday, May 30 Plenary Symposia Plant Contributed Papers
Sunday, May 31 Animal Symposia & Workshops Animal Posters
Monday, June 1 Joint Symposia Education Posters
Tuesday, June 2 Plant Symposia & Workshops Plant Posters
Wednesday, June 3 Index Addendum Booklet


Wednesday, June 3

Daily Program-at-a-Glance

Time Event Location
7:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration Presidio Foyer Registration Area
Morning 7:00 am – 12:30 pm
8:00 am – 10:00 am From Small Cells to Big Data: Challenges and Solutions for Effective Data Management Presidio V
10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break Presidio Foyer
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Conquering Chaos in the Age of Networked Science: Organizing, Storing and Securing Your Data Agave Ballroom
Conservation and Gene Banks Presidio III/IV
Emerging Technologies: Mechanisms of Reproductive Development Presidio V
Afternoon 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
1:15 pm – 4:30 pm Afternoon Tour of Biosphere 2 Biosphere 2

Wednesday, June 3

Program is subject to change
7:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration Presidio Foyer Registration Area


Conveners: Addy Alt- Holland, Tufts University, Kathryn M. Houk, San Diego State University Patrick McNutt, USAMRICD, and Sukhpreet Sandhu, Bayer CropScience

8:00 am – 10:00 am Plenary Symposium Presidio V

The last decade has seen an unprecedented explosion in the amount of information generated by the biological research community, ranging from multi-dimensional, high-throughput assays to ‘omics-based analytical methods. The relatively new field of ‘big data’ has organically arisen from these studies to facilitate the extraction of knowledge and insights from massive quantities of data. One principle that has arisen from big data approaches is that biological systems are inherently complexity and variability; a characteristic that can significantly complicate efforts to exploit big data to generate new hypotheses or test existing hypotheses. This plenary session will first introduce the application of big data approaches to biological problems when studied across multiple institutions, and discuss the challenges and trends in this quickly evolving field. It will then focus on the generation of a detailed plan for gathering and managing the scientific data for years to come in the smaller scale of the individual lab.

8:00 Introduction (A. Alt-Holland)
8:05 PS-9 Beyond Big Data: Lessons for the Lab Taken from the Human Toxome Project
Rick A. Fasani, Aglient Technologies
8:40 PS-10 Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground: Managing Your Research Data for the Future
Kathryn M. Houk, San Diego State University
9:15 PS-11 Big Data-driven Agricultural Insights: Challenges and Opportunities
J. R. Chen, The Climate Corporation
9:50 Discussion
10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break Presidio Foyer


Conveners: Addy Alt- Holland, Tufts University, Kathryn M. Houk, San Diego State University

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Joint Symposium Agave Ballroom

Do you know where all of your data is stored, if it’s still readable, and if it’s up-to-date? Do you know what information a file contains without having to open it and look at it? Are you confident that your data cannot be accessed and tampered with by people outside of your lab? If any of these questions made you nervous, learning more about proper file naming and organization, data storage, backup and security would be a good use of your time! Attend this activity-based, 2-hour workshop to network and engage with your colleagues over the struggle to maintain your research data. Working in small groups through example problems, we’ll discuss best practices for day-to-day data management and storage. By the end of this interactive session you will have tools to help your lab better manage your data and a better understanding of storage and security measures you need to be considering to keep your data secure and up-to-date.

10:30 Introduction (A. Alt-Holland)
10:35 J-5 Conquering Chaos in the Age of Networked Science: Organizing, Storing and Securing Your Data
Kathryn M. Houk, San Diego State University
12:15 Discussion


Convener: Maria M. Jenderek, USDA-ARS

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

Plant conservation has several objectives the main ones include safeguarding our food supply, preserving crop wild relatives for breeding and selection of new cultivars, providing material for industrial and pharmaceutical uses and preserving the beauty and diversity of our flora for generations to come. Applied conservation might be accomplished by storage of seeds, vegetative propagules, pollen or DNA extracts. For educational and comparative purposes some plant species are preserved as herbarium specimens. Preservation of clonal propagules can include field or greenhouse plantings, in vitro culture or storage in liquid nitrogen. Several countries (United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, China, India and Mexico) have established central genebanks for storing seeds or plant tissues in low or ultralow temperatures. A few years ago, a back-up genebank storing seeds from all over the world was established in permafrost of Svalbard, Norway. This session will discuss the latest research developments and progress in applied in vitro conservation, cryostorage and genebanking of plant genetic resources.

10:30 Introduction (M. M. Jenderek)
10:35 P-29 In Vitro Technology at the US Potato Genebank
John Bamberg, US Potato Genebank
11:00 P-30 Pre-Columbian Agaves in Arizona: New Potential for Ancient Domesticates
Andrew Salywon, Desert Botanical Garden
11:25 P-31 The Desert Legume Program Seed Bank – Conservation of Fabaceae from the World’s Dry Regions
Matthew B. Johnson
, The University of Arizona/Boyce Thompson Arboretum
11:50 P-32 Cryobanking of Plant Species, Status and Promise
Maria M. Jenderek, USDA-ARS
12:15 Discussion


Conveners: Peggy Ozias- Akins, University of Georgia, and Joseph F. Petolino, Dow AgroSciences

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Animal Symposium Agave Ballroom

In its broadest sense, plant reproductive development is at the heart of all agricultural production. The formation of seeds and fruits in higher plants is the culmination of a complex series of cellular and morphological events that take place in specialized structures evolved to create, support and propagate new individuals. There is hardly an area of plant biology that does not touch on reproductive development in some way. Gamete formation and differentiation, pollination and fertilization and embryogenesis and seed maturation are all highly orchestrated processes controlled at various hierarchical levels. This session will examine some of the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms controlling various aspects of plant reproductive development with a focus on male and female gametogenesis.

10:30 Introduction (P. Ozias-Akins and J. F. Petolino)
10:35 P-33 Epigenetic Control of Gametophyte Development and Embryo Development
Igor Kovalchuk, University of Lethbridge
11:10 P-34 Natural Variation in Epigenetic Pathways Affects the Specification of Female Gamete Precursors in Arabidopsis
Daniel Rodriguez-Leal, CINVESTAV
11:45 P-35 Transgene-induced Female Reproductive Development in the Absence of Egg Cell Fertilization
Peggy Ozias-Akins, University of Georgia
12:20 Discussion


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