Plenary Speakers

Monday, October 26th

Robb Fraley, Monsanto, USA

“Applying Plant Molecular Biology to Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability”

Sponsored by Monsanto

Tuesday, October 27th

David Baulcombe

Cambridge University, England

“The Roles of Small Silencing RNAs in the Life Cycles of Algae and Higher Plants”


Peter Raven,

Missouri Botanical Gardens, USA

“Biodiversity: What To Do About It in an Age of Rapid Extinction”

Wednesday, October 28th

Geoff Fincher University of Adelaide, Australia

“Plant Cell Wall Biology: New Insights from Molecular Genetics”


Graham Moore

John Innes Centre, England

“The Major Chromosome-Pairing Locus in Wheat (Ph1)-A Story 50 Years in the Making”

Thursday, October 29th

Marjori Matzke

Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria

“RNA-Directed DNA Methylation”


Phil Benfey

Duke University, USA

"Getting to the Root of Developmental Networks"

Friday, October 30th

Natasha Raikhel

University of California-Riverside, USA

“Plant Endomembrane System and Chemical Genomics”


Sharon Long,

Stanford University, USA

"Genes and Signals in Rhizobium-legume symbioses"

Leading Biology through Plant Science