The genomes of forest trees: new frontiers of forest biology

35th New Phytologist Symposium logo. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

16 – 17 June 2015

 

Welcome and invitation

On behalf of the New Phytologist Trust and symposium organisers I am pleased to invite you to participate in a symposium entitled ‘The genomes of forest trees - new frontiers of forest biology’ to be held at  the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA, 16 – 17 June 2015. Preliminary details about the meeting are below and on the linked pages but these are subject to change in the coming months.

 

Key dates:

 

Grant application deadline - 13 March 2015. For more information visit the Grants page.

 

Poster abstract submission deadline - 10 April 2015. From the submitted poster abstracts a number of authors will be invited to give an oral presentation of their workFor more information the visit Posters page.

 

If you have any questions please do contact us by email: New Phytologist Symposia on twitter @NewPhyt (symposium hashtag is #35NPS) or on Facebook.

 

We look forward to welcoming you in Boston.

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Helen Pinfield-Wells
Deputy Managing Editor, New Phytologist

 

 

Symposium scope

New genomic technologies are bringing previously intractable but fascinating aspects of forest tree biology to the forefront of plant biology. Completed and ongoing sequencing projects are providing extensive expressed gene and even full genome sequence resources available for tree species from diverse taxa. At the same time, creative applications of genomic and sequencing technologies are producing tools capable of probing the fundamental processes responsible for woody growth and other unique biological processes in trees. Among the most promising but largely unexplored areas of research is the use of comparative evolutionary genomics approaches that can simultaneously illuminate key regulatory processes and how they have evolved over macro- and micro-evolutionary history. For example, the evolutionary innovations leading to the vast array of woody growth forms in extant plants are almost entirely unknown at the genetic level, but could soon be elucidated using comparative genomics approaches.

We will bring together researchers who are exploring the frontiers of tree evolution, ecology, and development using next generation sequencing, genomics, and systems biology approaches. Together, we hope to inspire new ideas for collaborative research that will bring together currently disjoint research communities, and usher in a new era of genome-based forest biology. Ultimately, the approaches and insights from genome-based forest biology will inform us how to address problems ranging from forest conservation during climate change to tailoring of tree-based biofuels feedstocks.

 

Symposium format

The symposium will take place over two days at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA. There will be dedicated time for discussions, posters, selected poster talks, a conference dinner and a tour of the Arboretum’s collections.

 

Promotion

Please feel free to download, use, print, and/or distribute the official 35th New Phytologist Symposium promotional material:

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Registration

Registration is now open! Register for this symposium by filling out the form on this page: http://www.newphytologist.org/registrations/index/symposium/37.