ASPB Annual Meeting July 16-20 in Seattle


New advances in plant science will be presented

SEATTLE -- Nearly 1,700 plant scientists from throughout the world will convene in Seattle July 16 to 20, 2005 for the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). The meeting in Seattle's Washington State Convention & Trade Center will feature presentations on major new research findings in plant biology.

The following five major symposia will be offered:

New Approaches for Integrating Plant Genomes and Function, Organized by Natasha Raikhel, 2005 Stephen Hales Award winner (University of California-Riverside)
Speakers: Natasha Raikhel, 2005 Stephen Hales Award winner (University of California-Riverside), Phillip Benfey (Duke University), Joanne Chory (Scripps Institute), Gloria Coruzzi (New York University) – 3 p.m. July 16.

Photosynthesis from Photons to Sugar, Organized by Don Ort (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Speakers: Don Ort (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Robert Blankenship (Arizona State University), Gary Brudvig (Yale University), Christine A. Raines (Essex University), Alison Smith (John Inness Centre) – 8:30 a.m. July 17.

Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression
Speakers: Susan Lolle (NSF), Steve Jacobsen (University of California-Los Angeles), Vicki Chandler (University of Arizona), Ueli Grossniklaus (University of Zürich) – 8:30 a.m. July 18.

Proteolysis Controlling Plant Growth and Development, Organized by Rick Vierstra (University of Wisconsin)
Speakers: Rick Vierstra (University of Wisconsin), Mark Estelle (Indiana University), Judy Callis (University of California-Davis), Teh-hui Kao (Penn State University) – 8:30 a.m. July 19.

President's Symposium: "Cellular Dynamics and Plant Growth", Organized by Roger Hangarter of Indiana University
Speakers: Masamitsu Wada (Tokyo Metropolitan University), Sidney Shaw (Indiana University), Simon Gilroy (Penn State University), Rob McClung (Dartmouth College) – 2 p.m. July 20.

Many other special events will be held, including approximately 20 minisymposia, over 1,000 posters, 40 exhibits, numerous workshops, networking and social events.

Perspectives of Science Leaders program speaker Dr. Richard Jefferson, Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Application of Molecular Biology for International Agriculture (CAMBIA) in Australia, has been instrumental in efforts to make plant transformation technology freely available in the U.S. and throughout the world. His scientific contributions have substantial public service implications. Dr. Jefferson will be presented the 2005 ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award for outstanding contributions to science and society 6:30 p.m. July 16.

For registration and additional information on the ASPB annual meeting, visit

Press registrations can be made by contacting Brian Hyps, ASPB Public Affairs Director, at and at 301-251-0560, ext. 114.

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