Preliminary Programme

Thursday, 4th August individual arrivals



Friday, 5th August 2016


8:30-9:30 Registration/check in building 26.11, entrance "Info Point", lecture hall 6B


Session 1: Improvement of C3 photosynthesis

09:30-10:00           Lecture 1: Christine Raines (Essex):
Multigene manipulation of the C3 cycle to improve yield

10:00 -10:20           Steven Huber

Phosphorylation of Arabidopsis Rubisco activase (RCA) at the Thr-78 site and investigation of its possible regulatory role

10:20 -10:40           Florian Döring

                               Initiating and maintaining bundle sheath - a genetic approach

10:40-11:00            Coffee break (20 Min) 

11:00 -11:30          Lecture 2: Donald Ort (USDA):
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11:30 -11:50           Baishnab C Tripathy

Overexpression of C4 phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase in C3 Arabidopsis thaliana increases its photosynthetic efficiency and confers tolerance to salt stress

11:50 -12:10           Steven Driever

Improving carbon assimilation by increasing SBPase activity in wheat   natural variation in the field and the effects of overexpression 

12:15-13:30            Lunch break at University Mensa (not included)


Session 2: C4 physiology and biochemistry


13:30 -14:00          Lecture 3: Susanne von Caemmerer (Canberra):
Importance of CO2 diffusion to C4 photosynthesis

14:00 – 14:20         Dominik Brilhaus

 Adaptation of diurnal gene expression in the C4 species Flaveria bidentis

14:20 – 14:40         Isabel A Abreu

 New post-translational level regulation for key enzymes in maize C4 photosynthesis: PEPC, PPDK and NADP-ME.

14:40 – 15:00         Stephanie Arrivault

Elucidation of fluxes in C4 photosynthesis in maize by dynamic 13CO2 labelling in whole leaves and in fractions enriched in bundle sheath and mesophyll cells

15:00 -15:30           Coffee break 25 Min

15:30 -16:00          Lecture 4: Yuri Munekage (Sanda):
Role of cyclic electron transport around photosystem I in NADP-ME type C4 Flaveria

16:00 – 16:20         Paulo Gouveia

                               Transcriptional regulators of the key C4 photosynthetic enzyme PEPC1 in maize

16:20 – 16:40         Silke Christine Weckopp (CEPLAS)

Considering the evolution of C4 photosynthesis from a nutritional point of view: Sulphur metabolism in the genus Flaveria

16:40 – 17:00         Asaph Cousins

Quantitative trait loci analysis of leaf carbon isotopic composition in the C4 grass Setaria


17:30-21:00           POSTER SESSION with BBQ Wine, local beer and Finger Food at Botanical Garden, Glasshouse “Orangerie”


Saturday, 6th August 2016


Session 3: Exploration of natural variation in C4 photosynthesis

09:00-9:30 Pascal-Antoine Christin (Sheffield):
                               Ecology and genetics of C4 evolution within species 

09:30 -09:50           Katharina Bohley

                               Evolution of Photosynthesis in Sesuvioideae (Aizoaceae)

09:50 -10:10           Diana Wimmer

 Selective protein targeting in dimorphic chloroplasts of the single-cell C4 species Bienertia sinuspersici

10:10 -10:30           Allison Kolbe

 Harnessing natural diversity in maize to understand C4 photosynthetic traits


10:30-10:50            Coffee break 20 Min


10:50 -11:20          Lecture 6: Gudrun Kadereit (Mainz):
Natural variation of C4 photosynthesis: large-scale pattern and small-scale process

11:20 -12:00           Marjorie Lundgren

                               Using intraspecific variation to better understand C4 evolution

11:20 -12:00           Stefanie Sultmanis

 Characterization of the anatomy, development, and transcriptome of C3 and C4 Atriplex species

12:00-13:00            Lunch break at Foyer (included)


Session 4: Molecular Models of C4

13:00 -13:30          Lecture 7: Julian Hibberd (Cambridge):
The molecular evolution of C4 photosynthesis

13:30 – 13:50         Esther Sundermann (CEPLAS)

 Modeling the Effects of Environmental Factors on the Evolution of C4 Photosynthesis

13:50 – 14:10         Jose J Moreno-Villena

 The role of the ancestral gene expression as enabler in the transition from C3 to C4 photosynthesis across the grass family

14:10 – 14:30         Chandra Bellasio

 Modelling biochemical and anatomical constraints to C4 evolution and manipulation

14:30 -15:00           Coffee break 30 Min

15:00 -15:30          Lecture 8: Andrea Bräutigam (Gatersleben):
Transcriptional approaches to understanding metabolite transport and metabolism in C4 plants


15:30 – 15:50         Thomas Jan Wrobel (CEPLAS)

 Towards the genetic factors determining C4 anatomy in the genus Flaveria

15:50 – 16:10         Steve Kelly

 Necessity is the mother of re-invention: the parallel evolution of C4 photosynthesis 

16:10                      Final remarks and end of the meeting 


18:00                    Saturday Evening Get together:

                              oldtown local brewery with possibility to have individual dinner or
                        snack, at one's own expense


Sunday, 7th August individual departures to Maastricht

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