ALGAL MODEL SYSTEMS ON THE RISE: UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLOITING THE ALGAE TO LAND PLANT TRANSITION

Organised by:

Henrik Buschmann (University of Osnabrück, Germany) & Andreas Holzinger (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Registration - Opening December 2018

 

About 470 million years ago the first land plants arose. This meeting explores the evolutionary novelties that enabled the Charophyte algae to colonize land and change the world forever. While recent research has clarified the phylogeny of the 'algae to land plant transition', many questions concerning the evolution of the embryophytes remain unanswered: were the first land plants unicellular or were they complex multicellular algae, what adaptations were already present in algae that conquered land, how did the haploid-diploid life cycle evolve, how were the first multicellular tissues formed?
Even though the transition from algae to embryophytes remains enigmatic, much technological process has been made recently. This is the time to establish new algal model systems. Consequently, this meeting has the aim to foster experimental research on Charophyte algae. This meeting will feature talks from researchers in the following disciplines: Molecular Biology (CRISPR in Zygnematophyceae), Cell Biology (live cell fluorescence microscopy, transmission electron microscopy), Synthetic Biology (exploiting the algae-to-land plant transition for biotechnology ), Plant Physiology (adaptations to desiccation and freezing, cell wall biology), Phylogenomics (Chara genome and transcriptome) and EvoDevo (ancestral transcription factors).
Meeting highlights:
  • Molecular biology of charophyte algae
  • Phylogenomics
  • Cell biology and EvoDevo of algae
  • CRISPR and transformation technology
  • Synthetic biology of algae
  • Terrestrialization and pre-adaptation
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SEB Seville 2019

Seville, Spain
2 - 5 July 2019
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