Wednesday – June 15, 2016

For your viewing convenience, the 2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biology Final Program has been broken down by day.

Daily Program
Abstracts & Posters
Keynote Speaker Index Plant Symposia & Workshops
Saturday, June 11 Plenary Symposia Plant Contributed Papers
Sunday, June 12 Keynote Symposium Plant Posters
Monday, June 13 Animal Posters Education Posters
Tuesday, June 14 Joint Symposia Animal & Education Contributed Papers
Wednesday, June 15 Animal Symposia & Workshops Addendum Booklet
International Conference Symposia


Daily Program-at-a-Glance

Time Event Location
7:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration Bayview Foyer
Morning 7:00 am – 12:30 pm
8:00 am – 10:00 am Microbiome: A Hidden Universe Harbor Island 2
10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break Harbor Island Foyer
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Algae Biotechnology Harbor Island 2
Application of NGS Technology Harbor Island 3
Assessment of Aquacultures Marina 6

Wednesday, June 15

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Bayview Foyer


Conveners:     Mae Ciancio, Midwestern University, and Pon Samuel, Dow AgroSciences LLC

8:00 am – 10:00 am Plenary Symposium Harbor Island 2

Advances in DNA sequencing and high-end computational tools have ushered in a new frontier of knowledge regarding the host-microbiome interplay in both plant and animal biology.  Massive parallel sequencing and computational analysis have facilitated investigations in the existence and balance of microbial communities that impact both health and disease.  Fueled by this every expanding area of investigation, the potential for curing or preventing disease seems immense.  The joint plenary session, “Microbiome: The Hidden Universe,” will focus on the current status of microbiome-organism research in terms of what has been achieved in the plant and animal systems and what is expected in the future regarding disease control and healthy living.  Leading experts in the areas of microbiome-plant and microbiome-animal interactions will provide their insights in this exciting and ever-changing area of investigation.

8:00 Introduction (M. Ciancio and P. Samuel)
8:05 PS-12 Spheres of Influence: How Monsanto Is Leveraging the Plant Microbiome for Sustainable Agriculture
James A. Pearce, Monsanto Company
8:40 PS-13 Following Food Microbes from Fork to Gut
Rachel Dutton, University of California San Diego 
9:15 PS-14 Discovery of Novel Biocontrol Products and Crop Protection Traits from the Soil Microbiome
Michele Doyle, AgBiome, Inc.
9:50 Discussion

10:00 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break Harbor Island Foyer


Conveners:     David Songstad, Cibus LLC, and Stephen Mayfield, UCSD

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Plant Symposium Harbor Island 2

Algae are the most important photosynthetic organisms on Earth by capturing more solar energy and producing more oxygen than the sum of the rest of the plants. Algae are nearly ubiquitous and can be found in almost every ecosystem because of their high adaptation ability. Therefore, algae biotechnology is blooming due to their multiple and useful properties. California is an ideal location to build both the research as well as the production aspects of algae biotechnology. The range and diversity of algae biotechnology research and industry throughout California provides a unique opportunity to make considerable advances in the field. This session will consist of two academic and two industry speakers which will demonstrate the diversity that exists in algae biotechnology. Dr. Stephen Mayfield, UCSD, and Director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology will discuss ongoing research with green algae. Dr. Miller Tran, Senior Scientist at Triton Health and Nutrition, conducts research to produce algae-based natural products for use in the livestock industry. Dr. Craig Behnke, Sapphire Energy, Vice President of Business Development and Technology Fellow, will highlight the production of omega-3 fatty acids from cultivated algae.

10:30 Introduction (D. Songstad and S. Mayfield)
10:35 P-32 Photosynthetic Bio-manufacturing in Green Algae; Food and Fuel for the 21st Century
Stephen Mayfield, University of California San Diego
11:00 P-33 Production of Nutritional Recombinant Proteins in Eukaryotic Green Algae: Growth of a New Green Sector
Miller Tran, Triton Health and Nutrition
11:25 P-34 Omega 3 Fatty Acids from Algae
Craig Behnke, Sapphire Energy
11:50 P-38 Massive Mutant Screens to Develop a Photosynthetic Bioproduction Platform
Benjamin Rubin, University of California San Diego
12:20 Discussion


Convener:       Jessica Rupp, Montana State University

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Plant Symposium Harbor Island 3

Next-generation sequencing (NGS), or high-throughput sequencing has drastically changed the way researchers approach scientific questions. NGS encompasses many different sequencing platforms including Illumina, Ion torrent, and Pacific BioSystems. These technologies have revolutionized the study of genomics and molecular biology. Declining costs have made both DNA and RNA sequencing much quicker and affordable. Evolving novel methods, such as Genotype-by-Sequencing (GBS) in agriculture and the use of NGS for public health continue to broaden the depth and scope of the applications of NGS technologies. NGS has undoubtedly changed the landscape of sequencing research, and this new precipice will continue to provide incredible insights to the study of genomics. This unbiased, whole-genome sequencing will help to identify genetic variants such as single nucleotide variants (SNVs) or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), insertions and deletions (indels) as well as structural and genomic variants.

10:30 Introduction (J. Rupp)
10:35  P-35 TBD
Gary P. Schroth,
Illumina Inc
11:10 P-36 Phased Diploid Plant Genomes for Integrative -omics Analysis
Sid Selvaraj, Arima Genomics
11:45 P-37 Surveying the Cistrome and Epicistrome Landscapes Using DAP-seq
Ronan O’Malley, The Salk Institute
12:20 Discussion


Conveners:   Vivian Dayeh, University of Waterloo, and Brad Upham, Michigan State University

10:30 am – 12:30 pm Animal Symposium Marina 6

The aquaculture industry is rapidly increasing as an alternative to fishing of wild stocks of fish, shellfish, aquatic plants or other aquatic organisms to meet growing demands in food, nutrition and medicinal products. Research is needed to support the many challenges of this industry such as understanding nutritional requirements and diseases unique to this industry as well as determining environmental impacts of such operations. In vitro biology has been an important tool in many of these research efforts. This session will explore various facets of aquaculture and its impact on a societal level. Topics will include discoveries of marine natural products and their impact on human health, and the ability to utilize cell cultures as good predictors of in vivo action. This session will provide a glimpse at the cutting edge research on aquaculture.

 10:30 Introduction (V. Dayeh and B. Upham)
 10:35 A-22 Marine Microorganisms Provide Access to Massive Chemical Diversity
William Fenical, University of California San Diego
 11:10 A-23 Acquisition of Knowledge with Cell Cultures to Assess the Aquaculture of Fish
Niels Bols, University of Waterloo
11:45 A-24 Understanding Viruses and Their Effects on Rainbow Trout Cells
Stephanie DeWitte-Orr, Wilfrid Laurier University
 12:20 Discussion



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