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As we monitor the ongoing national response to the spread of COVID-19 and keep public health top of mind, we have decided to cancel the IPG 2020 symposium. We thank you very much for your interest in this symposium. We hope to be able to hold a symposium on this topic in the future, but we do not have current plans to reschedule.
If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Bryan (

The 2020 Interdisciplinary Plant Group Symposium will focus on Precision Plants for Health and Food Security and will be held from May 27-29, 2020 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Food demand within the following decades is expected to double, and meeting the demand for food sustainably and responsibly will require a dramatic shift from the intensive agricultural practices used today. Moreover, climate change poses an additional challenge that may limit the yield increase needed to ensure food security on a global scale. This coming IPG symposium will include researchers from diverse areas including synthetic biology, gene editing, metabolism, phenotyping, and modeling to explore and discuss strategies to engineer smarter plants capable of thriving in challenging environments with minimal input of pesticides and fertilizers. An additional goal of this symposium is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between stakeholders and scientists to define a path forward towards a sustainable and viable way to achieve food security.

Organizing Committee
  • David Mendoza-Cozatl, Ph.D., Commitee Co-Chair, University of Missouri
  • Bing Yang, Ph.D., Commitee Co-Chair, University of Missouri
  • Ruthie Angelovici, University of Missouri
  • Jim Birchler, University of Missouri
  • Christine Elsik, University of Missouri
  • Sherry Flint-Garcia, USDA-ARS
  • Michaela Matthes, Postdoctoral Fellow Committee Member, University of Missouri
  • Gabrielle Rupp, Graduate Student Committee Member, University of Missouri
  • Gary Stacey, University of Missouri