Program 2024

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Friday, Mar 22nd
3:00 – 7:00 pm Meeting Registration Atrium
4:00 – 8:00 pm Poster Setup Atrium
5:15 – 5:30 pm Welcome Session – Opening Remarks

 Chair: Colleen Doherty

  Vice-Chair: Aaron Rashotte

  Sea Lab representative: TBD

ASPB Ambassadors

5:30 – 6:20 pm General Session 1   –  Moderator: Aaron Rashotte Main
5:30 – 5:55 pm Selective Breeding and Domestication of Lemnaceae For Use in Sustainable Agriculture”, Ryan Sartor, NC State University
5:55 – 6:25 pm Growing beyond Earth: Telomere tales of Arabidopsis thaliana in lunar regolith simulant and on the International Space Station” Borja Barbero, Texas A&M University
6:30 – 7:20 pm Kriton Hatzios invited speaker: Katayoon Dehesh, UC Riverside “Decoding Cellular Aging: Insights from Golgi Apparatus Dynamics” Main
7:30 – 9:00 pm Opening Night Mixer and Networking Event   Atrium
Saturday, March 23rd
7:30 – 8:45 am Breakfast Café
7:30 – 9:00 am Registration & Poster setup Atrium
8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome Main
9:00 – 10:30 am General Session 2 – Moderator: Colleen Doherty Main
9:00-9:25 am “Precision genome engineering with the mPing transposable element” Nathan Hancock, University of South Carolina Aiken
9:25-9:50 am “A cation/H+ antiporter enhances stomatal conductance and carbon assimilation in water-deficit plants” Amith Devrieddy, Oak Ridge National Lab
9:50-10:15 am The Arabidopsis telomerase RNP: echoes of mammalian and ciliate enzyme complexes”, Saundarya Mishra, Texas A&M University
10:15 – 10:30 am Break (coffee and tea) Atrium
10:30 – 12:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1A & 1B Main & Classroom
10:30 – 12:00 pm Concurrent Session 1A – Moderator: Ryan Sartor Main
10:30-10:45 Advancing Soybean Seed Protein: Insights from QQS Gene Exploration” Ethan Brister, Mississippi State University
10:45-11:00 “Development of Duckweed Synthetic Seed (SynSeed) for Efficient Germplasm Conservation” Doni Devi Thingujam, University of Alabama at Birmingham
11:00-11:15 ‘Single nucleus multiomics reveals the drought-driven gene regulatory atlas in Arabidopsis” Jinbao Liu, University of Alabama at Birmingham
11:15-11:30 “Taxonomically Restricted QQS Associated 1 (TRQA1): A Regulator of Plant Metabolism Controlling Protein and Starch Content“ Rezwan Tanvir, Mississippi State University
11:30-11:45 “Cis-Zeatin delays leaf senescence in Solanum lycopersicum under salt stress as shown by physiological and transcriptomic analysis” Malsha Thennakoon, Auburn University
10:30 – 12:00 pm    Concurrent Session 1B – Moderator: Amanda Storm Classroom
10:30-10:45 “Chemical insights into the Chlamydomonas quorum sensing signal molecule” Kirstin Cutshaw, Florida Institute of Technology
10:45-11:00 Dual Phase molecular regulation of leaf senescence by cytokinin isoforms” Omar Hasannin, Auburn University
11:00-11:15 The role of SnRK1 in Development and Stress Response: omics analysis of the rice snrk1 mutants” Maria Clara Faria Chaves, University of Arkansas
11:15-11:30 “Galactolipids Regulate Systemic Immunity In Plants”

Tatsushi Kurokawa, University of Kentucky

11:30-11:45 “A Reverse Genetics Approach to Identifying JAGN1 function in Arabidopsis thaliana” Regina Bedgood, University of Alabama at Birmingham
11:45-12:00 “Salt-Stress Accelerated Leaf Senescence is Delayed by N-conjugated trans-Zeatin type Cytokinin forms in Arabidopsis thaliana” Risheek Khanna, Auburn University
    12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Café
     1:00 – 2:00 pm Undergraduate Poster Session Atrium
     1:30 – 2:30 pm Graduate, Faculty, and Professional Poster Session Atrium
   2:30 – 3:45 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2A & 2B Main & Classroom
Concurrent Session 2A  –  Moderator: Rafael Loureiro Main
2:30-2:45 pm “Sulfur Mutant Profiling of Arabidopsis thaliana on interaction with Pseudomonas syringae” Binoop Mohan, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2:45-3:00 pm Effects of Simulated Microgravity On Plant Growth Promoting Efficiency of ISS Bacterial Isolates“ David Handy, Florida Institute of Technology
3:00-3:15 pm “Investigating the effects of diffusible signals from plant growth-promoting bacterium, Azospirillum brasilense, on rice at developmental and molecular levels.” Samuel Hoggard, University of Central Arkansas
3:15-3:30 pm Investigating the concentrations and role of Chlamydomonas-derived riboflavin and its degradation products“ Ryan Quick, Florida Institute of Technology
3:30 – 3:45 pm “12-oxophytodienoic Acid: A Mobile Signal of Induced Systemic Resistance” Simrandeep Kaur, Auburn University
    Concurrent Session 2B  –  Moderator: Nathan Hancock Classroom
2:30-2:45 “Conversion of Martian Regolith Simulants to Soil via the Legume-Rhizobia Symbiosis” Hayley Ernest, Florida Institute of Technology
2:45-3:00 “Rhizobial evasion of terminal differentiation: Temporal/spatial dynamics of Sinorhizobium meliloti reproductive population growth in alfalfa nodules and implications for cheating by poor N2 fixers” Katherine Bilodeay, Florida State University
3:00-3:15 Dissecting the functions of Salmonella enterica effectors in plant infection“ Jill Presel, University of Southern Alabama
3:15-3:30 Evaluating the Use of Aquatic Plants in Martian Agriculture“ Sergio Solano, Florida Institute of Technology
3:30 – 3:45 pm Analysis of Systemic Acquired Resistance by Monitoring Redox-Mediated Transcriptional Dynamics in Arabidopsis“ Rezwana Rahman, Mississippi State University
3:45 – 4:15 pm Coffee Break
4:15 – 5:15 pm Kriton Hatzios invited speaker: Jose Dinneny, Stanford University “Diversity and adversity: exploring the mechanistic basis for variation in stress tolerance across the Brassicaceae” Main
5:15 – 6:15 pm General Session 3     –     Moderator: Mustafa Morsy Main
5:15-5:45 pm Elimination of Pungency in Allotetraploid Brassica juncea Through Gene Editing of the Multicopy Myrosinase Gene Family”, Loren Rivera Vega, Pairwise, Durham NC
5:45 – 6:15 pm Evaluating the Impact of Lunar and Martian Regolith Simulants on Plant Imbibition and Germination: Insights for Off-World Agriculture” Rafael Loureiro, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem NC
6:30 – 8:00 pm Banquet and Awards Presentations – Henry Daniell Award TBA
Sunday, March 24th
7:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast and Poster Take-down Café & Atrium
9:00 – 9:15 am Morning remarks Main
9:15 – 10:05 am General session 4   –   Moderator: Borja Barbero
9:15 – 9:40 am “Plant-based Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Secondary Waste Sources” Colleen Doherty, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Main
9:40 – 10:05 am Investigating Thiamine Metabolite Damage and Repair: Role of the TenA Domain in Arabidopsis TH2 Protein, Ghulam Hasnain, University of North Georgia, Oakwood, GA. Main
10:05 – 10:30 am Break (coffee and tea)
10:30 – 11:30 am Kriton Hatzios invited speaker: Gloria Muday, Wake Forest University, “Flavonol antioxidants control the accumulation of reactive oxygen species to protect plants from environmental stress and to modulate development.”
11:30– 12:00 pm General Meeting & Concluding Remarks