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please circulate info on new Gordon Conference on Plant Metabolic

Elli Wurtzel etwlc at cunyvm.cuny.edu
Fri Mar 18 11:28:54 EST 2005

Thanks for your help to pass along the word on a new Gordon 
Conference on "Plant Metabolic Engineering" (July 10-15 in New 
Hampshire, USA). To promote ample discussions among scientists, there 
is a limit on the number of conferees. Therefore, application to 
attend the conference should be made early by going online at 

~~~~~NEW!!!!  Gordon Research Conference on PLANT METABOLIC ENGINEERING
Conference agenda: http://www.grc.uri.edu/programs/2005/plant.htm
July 10-15, 2005 Tilton School, Tilton, New Hampshire
Chair: Elli Wurtzel, CUNY/Vice Chair: Erich Grotewold, Ohio State University

  Overview: The post-genomic era presents new opportunities for 
manipulating plant chemistry for improvement of plant traits such as 
disease and stress resistance and nutritional qualities. This 
conference will provide a setting for developing multidisciplinary 
collaborations needed to unravel the dynamic complexity of plant 
metabolic networks and advance basic and applied research in plant 
metabolic engineering. The conference will integrate recent advances 
in genomics, with metabolite and gene expression analyses. Research 
discussions will explore how biosynthetic pathways interact with 
regard to substrate competition and channeling, plasticity of 
biosynthetic enzymes, and investigate the localization, structure, 
and assembly of biosynthetic metabolons in native and nonnative 
environments. The meeting will develop new perspectives for plant 
transgenic research with regard to how transgene expression may 
influence cellular metabolism. Incorporation of spectroscopic 
approaches for metabolic profiling and flux analysis combined with 
mathematical modeling will contribute to the development of rational 
metabolic engineering strategies and lead to the development of new 
tools to assess temporal and subcellular changes in metabolite pools. 
The conference will also highlight new technologies for pathway 
engineering, including use of heterologous systems, directed enzyme 
evolution, engineering of transcription factors and application of 
molecular/genetic techniques for controlling biosynthetic pathways.


Eleanore Wurtzel, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, CUNY PhD subprogram in Plant Sciences
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Lehman College, The City University of New York
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, New York 10468 USA
Tel:718-960-8643; Fax: 718-960-7348;
etwlc at cunyvm.cuny.edu; wurtzel at lehman.cuny.edu

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