The Plant Sciences Graduate Student Council is excited to announce our sixth annual Plant Sciences Symposium, which is scheduled for Friday, November 4, 2016!

The theme of the symposium is Turning a New Leaf on Plant Evolution and Ecology.” The invited speaker list and the tentative titles of their talks are listed below:

Dr. Simon Gilroy, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Plant growth in an anti-gravity environment

Dr. Daniel Chitwood, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – Molecular mechanisms underlying plant morphology

Dr. Heidi Appel, University of Missouri – Plant response to acoustic signals of insect herbivory

Dr. John Kress, Smithsonian Institute – DNA barcoding of plant populations to track evolutionary diversity

Dr. Jessie AltPioneer Hi-Bred – Leaf epidermal differences with Rag genes in soybean

Graduate Student Speakers, TBD (see below for details)

We are also looking for two graduate students who would be interested in speaking at the symposium. If you are interested, please follow this link to submit an abstract for consideration. Submissions are due September 1st and decisions will be announced shortly thereafter.

This symposium is part of the DuPont Plant Sciences Symposia Series,which is graciously sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and includes symposia at universities in six countries and five continents.

Other DuPont Plant Sciences Symposia in 2016:

Previous UW-Madison Symposia:

2015 – Leveraging Data in Plant Sciences: In vivo, in vitro, in silico

2014 – Plants and Society: Integrating Food and Science in Today’s Culture

2013 – Transforming Innovation into New Resources for Plant Science

2012 – Emerging Trends and Paradigm Shifts in Plant Breeding

2011 – Modern Tools for Plant Genetic Improvement