The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will host its 18th annual Fall Symposium in Saint Louis, Missouri Wednesday, September 28, through Friday noon, September 30, 2016. The theme, “Genetics and Genomics of Crop Improvement”, is particularly timely as we celebrate the expansion of the Danforth Center and the progressive growth and development of crop-focused biotech in the Saint Louis region.
This year’s symposium will focus on various aspects of translational research that leverage genetics and genomics approaches to enhance crop productivity. Topics will include biomass and yield traits, abiotic stress tolerance and disease resistance, nutrient allocation, plant architecture, and crop domestication and improvement. Work in these areas will be highlighted in the context of recent advances in quantitative genetics, genomic selection, network-based gene predictions, epigenomics, and genome editing technologies.
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