Plant Biotechnology Symposium

Date: October 25, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing, Molecular Plant Sciences Building, Room 1200
Contact: Helen Geiger, 517-432-9895

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The conference, held for the first time last fall, is part of an interdisciplinary effort organized by Robert Last, Barnett Rosenberg Professor; Christoph Benning and Gregg Howe, professors of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Tim Whitehead, assistant professor of  chemical engineering and materials science.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Research on plant and algal metabolic pathways and its role in production of pharmaceuticals and biofuels.
  • Enhancement of human nutrition.
  • Sustainability of modern agriculture.

“With all the merging technologies, particularly genomic technologies, we’re able to gain deep insights into what makes plants tick and what allows them to produce many of the interesting compounds that they do,” Howe said. “If we’re talking about the kinds of compounds that are made in plants and made nowhere else, we’re talking thousands, if not tens of thousands of novel natural products.”

Because scientists from both academia and industry attend, the symposium gives graduate students and postdoctoral students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives on how plant biotechnology can foster human well-being and resource sustainability. It also provides a venue for students to interact directly with plant scientists working in the industry.

Symposium program and registration information will be forthcoming. For questions, please contact Helen Geiger at 517-432-9895 or visit the event’s webpage.

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