IPG Pre-Symposium Workshop
On June 6, 2017, The MU Drought Team hosted the IPG Student/Postdoc Pre-Symposium Workshop in the Bond Life Sciences Center.
The workshop primarily focused on roots and drought. The goal was to give the attending students and postdocs the opportunity to interact with and learn from the invited speakers in a discussion-based environment. It was also a chance to network and get to know the speakers before the main symposium.
The MU Drought Nodal Root Team opened up the workshop with a presentation of their research and what they had learned so far. The presenters included Laura Greeley, Shannon King, Tyler McCubbin and Rachel Mertz. They gave the audience a background on nodal roots and how they maintain elongation rates even under water deficit.
Sven Nelson, Hallie Thompson and Priyamvada Voothuluru also gave presentations on drought and root growth, nodal roots, and sugar responsive gene expression, respectively.
Michelle Watt, Andrea Carminati and Steve Tyerman were the three invited speakers, and also spoke at the IPG Symposium later in the week.
Dr. Watt is the head of the Plant Sciences department at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany. Her presentation discussed the delivery of carbon to different root types and how roots are critical to creating resource efficient agriculture.
Dr. Carminati is the chair of Soil Physics at Georg-August- Universität Göttingen in Germany. His presentation was about water potential and the relationship between soil and water.
Finally, Dr. Tyerman hails from the University of Adelaide in Australia. He concluded the pre-symposium presentations with a discussion of nutrition, salinity, and water relations in plants.
The workshop also included with a round-table discussion with the speakers. Students had the chance to ask the three guest speakers questions about their presentations or research. Dr. Watt took the time to draw out models to illustrate different parts of the roots, while Dr. Tyerman gave students ideas for different research strategies.