Call for abstracts

This year's symposium will provide graduate students and post-docs in plant science related fields an opportunity to showcase their work in form of posters (see program). Additionally, four presenters will be competitively chosen to present their work in the form of 20 minute oral presentations (see program).

We will be offering four $500 travel grants. All submitted abstracts will be considered for these travel grants and winners will be competitively chosen. Note: the application deadline to be considered for a travel grant has been extended to March 15. Applications received past this deadline (until March 31) will be considered for presentations but not for a travel grant.

The application form is now closed.

Accepted Abstracts

** indicates travel grant winner

  1. Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju** | Graduate Student, University of Nebraska Lincoln
    An Epigenetic Breeding System in Soybean for Increased Yield and Stability


  2. Carine Marshall | Graduate Student, University of California, Berkeley
    Control of Alternative Splicing by SICKLE is Required for Adaptation of the Plant Circadian Clock to Cool Temperatures


  3. Kirk Amundson | Graduate Student, University of California, Davis
    Elucidating Haploid Induction Mechanism in Solanum tuberosum Using Whole-Genome Resequencing


  4. Jeff Neyhart** | Graduate Student, University of Minnesota
    Evaluating Methods of Updating Training Data in Long-Term Genomewide Selection


  5. Katherine Scheibel | Graduate Student, University of California, Berkeley
    Characterization of Powdery Mildew Effector Candidates


  6. Sabin Aslam | Graduate Student, University of California, Davis
    CRISPR/Cas9 Based Virus Resistance in Cotton


  7. Gina M. Sideli | Graduate Student, University of California, Davis
    Moving Towards Molecular Breeding in Walnut


  8. Destiny Davis | Graduate Student, University of California, Davis
    Dissecting De Novo Cell Wall Biosynthesis with Endosidin 7


  9. Stephanie Sjoberg** | Graduate Student, Washington State University
    The Low Falling Number Problem of Wheat: Applying Knowledge About Seed Biology to a Real World Problem


  10. Min-Yao Jhu | Graduate Student, University of California, Davis
    Developing a Parasite-Resistant System in Tomato to Control Infestations of Cuscuta pentagona


  11. Amanda McRae | Graduate Student, University of California, Berkeley
    Powdery Mildew Conidiophore Initiation but Not Spore Fitness is Correlated with Host Plant Lipid Precursor Availability


  12. Tassadduq Rasool | Graduate Student, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan
    Soil N Dynamics, Chlorophyll Content, and Leaf Nitrate Reductase Activity Influenced by Seed Priming, Mulching, and Nitrogen Application in Grain Barley


  13. Kelsey Wood | Graduate Student, University of California, Davis
    Effector-Driven Identification of Downy Mildew Resistance Genes in Lettuce


  14. Feras Almasri | Graduate Student, University of California, Davis
    Differential Response of Parasitic Nematodes, Soil Pathogens, and Weeds to Allyl Isothiocynate


  15. Michael Rawls | Graduate Student, University of California, Davis
    Lysimeter – Whole Tree ET Response to Mild and Moderate Water Stress


  16. Joseph Edwards | Post-doctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis
    The Plant Root-Associated Microbiome Viewed Across Diverse Plant Species and Developmental Stages


  17. Zhaobin Dong | Post-doctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
    Tassels Replace Upper ears1 Encodes a BTB/POZ Ankyrin Repeat Gene That is Directly Targeted by Teosinte branched1


  18. David B. Lyons | Post-doctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
    DDM1/Lsh Remodelers Allow Methylation of DNA Wrapped in Nucleosomes


  19. Sean Gordon | Post-doctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
    Snapshots of Genome Evolution and Population Dynamics in the Allopolyploid Grass Brachypodium hybridum


  20. Elvira de Lange | Post-doctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis
    Airborne Remote Sensing to Manage Almond Nutrient Status and Resilience to Biotic Stresses


  21. Keshav Dev Singh | Post-doctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis
    Qualitative Analysis of Walnut Trees Rootstock using Airborne Remote Sensing


  22. Ismail Khan | Graduate Student, Mississippi State University
    Biological and chemical assessment of Glycine max modified with Gm-XTH52 gene resistant to attack of nematode Heterodera glycine


  23. Khadijeh Alekasir | Graduate Student, Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran (Iran)
    The first report of ornithogalum mosaic virus in some Ornithogalum accessions of Iran


  24. Bhavya Priyadarshani Mishra | Graduate Student, Washington State University
    Structural, functional and evolutionary conservation and divergence of Starch Synthase III gene among monocots and dicots