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IPG 2016 33rd Annual Symposium, Heterosis:Working Toward a Genetic, Molecular, Developmental and Physiological Bases. May 25-27, 2016. Interdisipinary Plant Group, Univeristy of Missouri, Columbia, MO. With the exception of the Opening Reception, the symposium will be held in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri. Registration and all presentations will be in Monsanto Auditorium (ground floor). The poster sessions, networking reception, and continental breakfasts, meals and coffee breaks will be in McQuinn Atrium (first floor).

Tuesday May 24, 2016
Opening Reception - The Roof in the Broadway Hotel, 1111 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday May 25, 2016
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Poster Set-Up
7:30 AM-4:30 PM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:30 AM Welcome - Scott Peck and Jim Birchler
8:35 AM Opening Remarks - Garnett Stokes, Provost, University of Missouri
Session One
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM
8:45 AM The Magic of Heterosis - Dani Zamir, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
9:15 AM Genomic Complementarity as the Basis of Heterosis in an Elite Rice Hybrid - Qifa Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
9:45 AM Attempts to Reconcile the Genomic Aspects of Heterosis with the Observed Phenotypes - Nathan Springer, University of Minnesota
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Session Two
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
10:45 AM Where are the Deleterious Mutations in Maize, and How Do They Contribute to Heterosis? - Edward S. Buckler, USDA-ARS
11:15 AM Defining a Complex Phenomenon and Quantitative Dissecting of Heterosis - Jianming Yu, Iowa State University
11:45 AM Evaluating Teosinte Alleles for Kernal Composition in Maize - Avi Karn, University of Missouri
Lunch (provided)
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Session Three
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM What has Arabidopsis taught us about Hybrid Vigour? - Elizabeth Dennis, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
2:00 PM Small RNA Sequencing Identifies Dynamic Patterns of Epigenetic Variation Following Hybridization and Inbreeding - Stephen Moose, University of Illinois
2:30 PM Maize Heterosis - Antagonistic Activity of Specific Parental Small RNA Populations - Stefan Scholten, University of Hamburg, Germany
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Session Four
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM Exploring the Molecular Mechanisms of Heterosis for Bacterial Defense and Biomass in Arabidopsis - Xing Wang Deng, Peking University, China
4:00 PM sRNAome-based Prediction of Yield Heterosis in Maize - Felix Seifert, University of Hamburg
4:15 PM "Speed Posters"
Reception (posters open)
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Evening Lecture
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
6:00 PM A Brief History of Plant Genetics at MU: Tales of Stadler, McClintock, Sears, Redei, Coe and Neuffer - Jim Birchler, Ed Coe and Gerry Neuffer, University of Missouri
Thursday May 26, 2016
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Session Five
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
8:30 AM Lessons About Heterosis from Polyploids - Jim Birchler, University of Missouri
9:00 AM Fine-tuning Flower Production and Yield in Hybrids - Lessons from Tomato - Zachary Lippman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
9:30 AM Circadian and Epigenetic Perspectives on Heterosis - Z. Jeffrey Chen, University of Texas at Austin
10:00 AM Reduction of DNA Methylation During Embryogenesis Enhances Growth Heterosis of Maize Plants - Susanne Edelmann, University of Hamburg
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Session Six
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM Heterosis as a Result of Failure of Failsafe Mechanisms - Avraham Levy, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
11:15 AM Changes in Total and Mitochondrial Proteomes Associated with Different Levels of Heterosis in Maize - Kathy Newton, University of Missouri
11:45 AM Exploring the Links Between Heterosis, Protein Metabolism, and Aging - Stephen Goff, University of Arizona
Lunch (on your own)
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Session Seven
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2:15 PM Signatures of Epigenetic Reprogramming Mediated via Organelle Perturbation in Plants - Sally Mackenzie, University of Nebraska
2:45 PM What Can Hybrid Sterility Tell Us About Heterosis? - Leonie Moyle, Indiana University
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Session Eight
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3:45 PM Metabolic Determinants of Heterosis: Insights from Metabolomics-driven Modeling - Zoran Nikoloski, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany
4:15 PM Progressive Heterosis in Tetraploid Maize - Jacob Washburn, University of Missouri
4:30 PM "Speed Posters"
Poster Session (light refreshments)
4:45 PM - 6:30 PM
Student/PostDoc/Speaker Dinner
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday May 27, 2016
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Session Nine
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
8:30 AM Dominant Gene Action Accounts for Much of the Unexplained Phenotypic Variance in a Maize GWAS and Provides Insight into Heterosis - Patrick Schnable, Iowa State University
9:00 AM Inbreeding Depression: The Dark Side of Heterosis - Sherry Flint-Garcia, USDA-ARS
9:30 AM Rootstocks: The Other Half of the Shoot Phenotype and Heterosis Equation - Dan Chitwood, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Session Ten
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
10:30 AM Conflict and Consequences of Different Epigenetic Strengths Between Centromeres of a Hybrid - Luca Comai, University of California, Davis
11:00 AM Strategies to Fix Heterosis Using Apomixis - Anna Koltunow, CSIRO, Urrbrae, Australia
11:30 AM
Concluding Remarks
11:45 AM
Meeting Adjourn
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