iPhloem - International workshop on the physics, physiology and genetics of sugar transport in plants
Copenhagen, Denmark | October 5-6, 2017

Technical University of Denmark, Meeting Room 1, Anker Engelundsvej 1, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. Directions

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Key Dates:
Abstract submission deadline: 8 September 2017
Registration deadline: 15 September 2017

Registration and Abstract submission:
The conference fee is EUR 200 for universities and non-profit organizations. Click here for online registration and payment by credit card or bank transfer. An abstract can be submitted at the time of registration. Please use this template if you wish to submit an extended abstract.
The conference fee includes fees for the DTU venue, lunch and dinner Thursday, lunch Friday and coffee breaks. Companies should contact Kaare H. Jensen for registration information.

Green plants are Earth's primary solar energy collectors, and the vision of enhancing plant productivity to ensure population- and food security in the 21st century has stimulated enormous scientific interest. Using breeding and genetic tools, the goal is to develop plants with enhanced ability to perform photosynthesis and distribute energy-rich sugars across the plant body. To succeed in this effort an in-depth understanding of the physical and biological constraints on sugar transport and resource allocation in plants is required. The sensitivity of plant cells, however, has hampered the development of experimental tools to reach this goal. This, combined with the lack of appropriate biomimetic models has made it exceedingly difficult to shed light on several highly important biological processes.

By bringing together scientists from different disciplines for an intense working group, we propose to catalyze advances in elucidating basic mechanisms and constraints on sugar transport in plants. We will bring together leading and emerging researchers - as well as students - from plant physiology and genetics, physics, and engineering, in a 2-day workshop. Our goal is to create an interdisciplinary environment that can address key fundamental questions at the interface between physics, physiology and molecular biology, with strong impact on future crop development programs, as well as bioinspired systems.

Fluid dynamics of sap flow and sugar transport in plants, Phloem loading and unloading, Plasmodesmal structure and function, Vascular architecture, imaging and biomimetics
Organizing committee:
Kaare H. Jensen (Technical University of Denmark) khjensen@fysik.dtu.dk
Michael Knoblauch (Washington State University)
N. Michele Holbrook (Harvard University)

Contact: Please contact Kaare H. Jensen for additional information.

Workshop supported by:
The Carlsberg Foundation