PEB Seminars

Each month each Lab group gets the opportunity to present to their colleagues internally within their own node. These seminars feature a pertinent topic to their ongoing research.

Our online seminars encourage inter-nodal interaction and bring us together as a united group as we listen to the latest news from the other nodes in PEB.

Internationally, we have respected speakers from all over the world presenting to our staff and students from leading institutions. This ensures a continuous stream of education and information sharing which is paramount at PEB.

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International Speakers

DateSpeakerInstitutionCountryTalk Title
25-NovBob Schmitz University of GeorgiaUSA"Mapping and exploiting functional variation in crop genomes"
14-NovJuanma Vaquerizas Max Planck Institute for Molecular BiomedicineGermany"Emergence of chromatin architecture during early embryogenesys"
14-SepEtienne Delannoy Institute of Plant Sciences, Paris SaclayFrance"Towards the organelle gene regulation"
8-AugMichelle Watt Institute of Bio and GeosciencesGermany"Phenotyping structure-function dynamics to discover the physiology of soil-grown plants and identify new root and shoot traits for selection in breeding"
8-AugMarten Moore Bielefeld UniversityGermany"Excess light regulation of the transcriptome"
5-JunMarkus TiegeUniversity of ViennaAustria"Out of control: Chloroplast Ca2+-binding proteins point to a key role of Ca2+ for plastid development and signalling"
17-MayÅsa StrandUMEASweden"Chloroplast development, a tale of two genomes"
17-MayCarl ProckoSALKUSA"How to live with your shady neighbours: Coordinating plant cell growth in response to light"
17-MayAndrea TrottaUniversity of TurkuFinland"Dynamic fine-tuning of the photosynthetic apparatus in thylakoids of higher plants: a targeted proteomics approach"
17-MayPatricia LeónNational University of MexicoMexico"Chloroplast signals that impact leaf development"
19-AprHans-Peter BraunUniversity of HanoverGermany"The respiratory chain in plants: New insights by structural modeling, biochemical dissection and complexome profiling"
31-MarJürgen Soll Ludvig-MaximilansUniversity of MunichGermany"Chloroplast protein import"
16-DecPeter Gollan University of TurkuFinland"Regulation mechanisms control photosynthesis and chloroplast signalling: Two sides of the same coin"
9-NovTomoaki Horie Shinsu UniversityJapan"OsHKT1-mediated Na+ exclusion from leaves in rice upon salinity stress"
23-SepHenrick Poorter Forschungszentrum JülichGermany"What plants grown in the lab can tell us about the field, and how we can make sense of so many incoherent phenotypic data"
13-SepNils Stein IPK GaterslebenGermany"Big genomes, big data, big progress? Reference sequences for wheat and barley and their future impact"
24-AugDabing Zhang Shangai Jiao Tong UniversityChina"Molecular Control of Rice Male Fertility"
11-MaySaijaliisa KangasjärviUniversity of TurkuFinland"PP2A as a regulator of light acclimation and biotic stress responses in plants"
10-MayShuqun ZhangZhejiang University China"New players in Arabidopsis MPK3/MPK6-mediated stress/defence responses"
10-MayMatt LewseySalk InstituteUSA"Mobile small RNAs regulate genome-wide DNA methylation"
13-AprAlexandre Grondin University of NebraskaUSA"Function of plasma membrane aquaporins in guard cells of Arabidopsis thaliana"
6-AprJohn Lunn Max PlanckGermany"Trehalose-6-phosphate and sucrose – A tale of two sugars"
4-AprHeribert Hirst Centre for Desert Agriculture, KaustSaudi Arabia"Kinases, stomates and microbes: Multiple ways to improve abiotic stress resistance of plants"
4-AprJorge Ducovsky UC DavisUSA"Molecular mechanisms involved in WKS1-mediated partial resistance to wheat stripe rust"
30-MarChristine Faulkner John Innes CentreUK"Manning the gates: plasmodesmal regulation during pathogen attack"
25-FebTony Maxwell John Innes CentreUK"DNA Topoisomerases in Bacteria and Plants: Mechanism and Drug Targeting"
16-JanElizabeth HaswellWashington UniversityUSA"Mechanosensititve ion Channels: Sensing and reporting Membrane Tension in Plant Cells"
16-DecDave Ellis International Potato Centre (CIP)Peru"ARE YOU MY CLONE?? Identity verification of the in-trust cultivated potato and sweet potato collections at the International Potato Center"
2-DecAshley Farlow Nordborg & The 1001 Arabidopsis Genomes ConsortiumAustria"The global evolutionary history of Arabidopsis thaliana"
11-NovScott A Jackson University of GeorgiaUSA"Genome evolution and responses to polyploidy in the legumes"
15-OctRob Elshire Principal Scientist, Elshire GroupNew Zealand"Democratising Genetic Analysis and Breeding with Genotyping By Sequencing"
Oct-15Yung-Hisang Lu School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue Uni, USAUSA"Opportunities and Challenges in Global Network Cameras"
13-OctRobert Sharp University of MissouriUSA"Root Growth under water deficits: physiological complexity and coordination"
9-OctWolfgang Busch Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant BiologyAustria"Dissecting Quantitative Regulation of Root Growth Using Systems Genetics"
29-SepSteve Goodwin USDA ARSUSA"Repeats, RIPping and genome evolution in Mycosphaerella graminicola (Zymoseptoria tritici), the cause of septoria tritici blotch of wheat, and other Dothideomycetes"
21-SepSilvina Dayer Endeavour Fellowship RecipientArgentina"Relationship between hydraulic and stomatal conductance and its regulation by root and leaf aquaporins under progressive water stress, recovery and exogenous application of ABA in grapevine"
18-SepMatthew Reynolds International Maize and WheatMexico"Physiological Breeding: Strategies and Genetic gains"
18-SepMatthew Reynolds CYMMTMexico"Physiological Breeding: Strategies and Genetic Gains"
17-SepBill Lucas University of CaliforniaUSA"Plant Vascular System: A major communication conduit to integrate whole-plant gene regulatory networks"
14-SepBrande Wulff Crop Genetics, John Innes CentreUK"Engineering stem rust resistance with cloned resistance genes"
26-AugManajit Hayer-Hartl MartinsriedGermany"Molecular chaperone machineries for the biogenesis of RuBisCO, the most abundant protein"
14-AugDominik Grimm ETH ZürichSwitzerland"Investigating the genetic architecture of non-additive hybrid phenotypes in Arabidopsis Thaliana using easyGWAS"
29-JulOlivier Loudet INRA, Institut Jean-Pierre BourginFrance"Decoding the complexity of natural variation for growth and response to the environment in Arabidopsis thaliana"
11-JunAnil Day University of Manchester, UKUK"Tools to edit and manipulate plastid genomes"
1-JunJian Jin Chinese Academy of SciencesChina"Phosphorus acquisition mechanisms of major crop plants under elevated CO2"
28-MayArmin GembusBruker Optics in Ettlingen Germany"Fourier Transform Infrared & Raman Spectroscopy"
20-MayLisa Moore Univerity of Southern MaineUSA"Shedding light on the photophysiological diversity of low-light adapted Prochlorococcus"
28-AprMark Stitt Max-Plank Institute for Molecular Plant PhysiologyGermany"Carbon Budgets and Growth - clock and T6P regulation of starch allocation and how to measure growth to undercover underlying strategies for carbon allocation in plants"
22-AprRob Martienssen Cold Spring Harbour LaboratoryUSA"Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance: From Myth to Mechanism"
Apr-15Blake Meyers University of DelawareUSA"The diversity, evolution, and biogenesis of phased, secondary siRNAs in plants"
Feb-15Willam C. Plaxton Queen's University, Kingston, OntarioCanada"Feeding hungry plants: Purple acid phosphatases play a pivotal role in phosphorus nutrition"
10-FebNathan Springer Department of Plant Biology, University of MinnesotaUSA"More than junk: Roles for transposons in regulation of chromatin state and gene expression"
5-FebZoe Wilson, Jerry Roberts University of NottinghamUK"CT Scans to visualise root growth and development"
25-SepElizabeth Vierling University of MassachusettsUSA"Exploring genes and effectors of heat tolerance in plants"
24-SepMatt Lewsey Salk InstituteUSA"Networks Regulating Hormone-Mediated Plant Growth"
24-SepMikko Tikkanen University of TurkuFinland"Regulation of photosynthesis in fluctuating light – from mechanisms to cell-wide responses"
24-SepÅsa Strand Umeå UniversitySweeden"Redox sensing and communication, synchronizing two genomes in response to light"

PEB Local and Online Seminars

DateNodePresenterTalk Title
01-DecUWA Shaobai Huang
Katharina Belt
"Update: Complex II is complex too"
22-NovUA Hoai Thanh Phan"Exploring the roles of aquaporins in seed germination and early vigour"
17-NovUA Yu Qu

Stefanie Wege
"GmSALT3 expression improves ROS detoxification in salt-stressed soybean roots"

"The Arabidopsis transmembrane CCC protein: ion transport, organelle trafficking, cell wall formation, root hairs, leaf shape, and more"
15-NovUA Megan Shelden"Grapevine petiole hydraulics and aquaporin expression"
08-NovUA Johannes Herrmann"Stomatal regulation in the focus of developing drought resistant food crops"
03-NovUWA Ryan Lister
David Tang
Tim Stuart
"Stomatal regulation in the focus of developing drought resistant food crops"
03-NovANU Diep Ganguly"PhD Exit Seminar: Training memory: Exploring the Intersection of Plant Stress Signalling and DNA Methylation"
01-NovAU Stephanie Watts-Williams"Identifying the mechanisms behind mycorrhiza-enhanced plant zinc nutrition"
20-OctLTU Lu Li

Lim Chee Liew
"Characterization of mitochondrial outer membrane targeted protein DGS1 in Arabidopsis"

"Study of barley and Arabidopsis seed germination using system biology"
20-OctAU Xin Hou"PhD Exit Seminar: Hunting for apocarotenoid signals that affect chloroplast development"
18-OctAU Alison Pearson"Excalibur x Kukri – The Plant Accelerator 2017"
13-OctUWA Katharina Belt"PhD Exit Seminar: Analysis of succinate dehydrogenase subunit 1 in mitochondrial plant stress signaling and investigation of SDHAF4 as a new assembly factor for SDH1"
11-OctAU Yue Wu"Characterising a potential genetic marker, VviALMT2, for grapevine salt exclusion"
06-OctUWA Laura Boykin"New portable DNA sequencers help East African farmers fight crop disease. More info:"
29-SepANU John Rivers"PhD Exit Seminar: Apocarotenoid biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana"
20-SepAU Daniel McKay"Identification of a plasmodesmal localised peptide from Arabidopsis, calmodulin-like 41"
15-SepANURyan Mcquinn

Ash Jones
"Towards the characterisation of the zeta-carotene derived apocarotenoid signal (ACS1) and its role in floral development"

"Investigating natural variation in eucalyptus and potato populations by high throughput genome sequencing"
13-SepAU Caitlin Byrt"Cytosolic salt sequencing"
01-SepUWA Nic Taylor"Recent Past, Present and Future Focus of the Taylor Lab"
18-AugUWAJoanna Melonek

Jonathan Cahn
"Identification and characterisation of candidate genes for fertility restoration in sorghum and wheat"

"The study of mC readers highlights new epigenetic pathways in Arabidopsis"
18-AugANU Lingling Zhu"Thermal plasticity of leaf energy metabolism: ecological, physiological and biochemical linkages"
18-AugAU "A tale of two inhibitors"
05-AugAU Jayakumar Bose"AtPIP2;1 is a duel water-ion transporter: Does AtPIP2;1 has a role in osmosensing?"
04-AugUWA Harvey Millar
Akila Yapa
Karzan Salih
"Studying the First Derivative of Proteomics: What is protein turnover tells us and what are the challenges ahead?"
31-JulUA Muhammad Kamram

Yu Long
"Role of TaALMT1 malate-GABA transporter in alkaline pH tolerance of wheat"

"Single channel analysis of the inhibition from GABA to TaALMT1"
28-JulUWA Sandra Kerbler"PhD Exit Seminar: Unravelling the mitochondrial electron transport chain in the cold: is ATP synthase the key?"
26-JulAU Jiaen Qiu"The AtSLAH1 and AtSLAH3 complex mediates anion transport and is regulated by multiple mechanisms"
12-JulAU Stephanie Wege"The Arabidopsis cation chloride"
07-JulUWA Josh Mylne"Herbicidal antimalarials, antimalarial herbicides"
05-JulAU Yue Qu"Salt tolerance in soybeans"
28-JunAU Bo Xu"GABA regulates plant gas exchange and stress tolerance"
21-AprANU Shinichi Asao

Estee Tee
"Thermal acclimation of leaf respiration and related changes in chemistry in tropical and temperate tree species"

"Choose your own adventure: the journal of stomatal signals"
17-MarUWA Bernard Gutmann
Rose McDowell
Ian Small
"RNA editing: nature's Google Docs?"
17-FebLTU Marina Burges Osorio

XiangXiang Meng
"SPX4: a meter of plant P status?"

"Characterisation of submergence tolerance in Arabidopsis"