This blog is for all attendees to post anything they wish to share about the Plant Biology 2012 meeting in Austin. You are welcome to post prior to the meeting, during the meeting and after the meeting.
Brachypodium is an excellent model grass to study monocot plant biology. Research in Dr. Karen Scholthof's lab is focused on understanding the molecular interactions of Panicoviruses using Brachypodium as an alternate genetic model host.
The research focus of Dr. Joe Poovaiah's laboratory is in investigating calcium/calmodulin-mediated signaling in plants. Recently, their group has reported their findings in a series of Nature articles in addition to several others. Nature (2009) 457:1154-1158. Nature (2006) 441:1149-1152. Nature (2005) 437:741-745.
Drs. Ping He and Libo Shan's research focus is in identification and characterization of novel plant immune signaling pathways, as
well as, studying the virulence factors that
intercept host immune responses. The "aggie-luc" screen project has been greatly cheered up by a group
of energetic and enthusiastic Texas A&M aggie undergraduate students. In
particular, Kevin Babilonia from University of Puerto Rico, a summer REU
student working in the lab for the summer of 2009, isolated all six
"aggie" mutants presented in this poster. Both Cheng Cheng, an aggie Ph. D
student, and Kevin, currently a M.S student, are travel grant
recipients of 2012 ASPB meeting. Thanks to the ASPB for making this possible!