British Society for Plant Pathology

BSPP Presidential Meeting 2011: The Impact of Bioactive Small Molecules in Plant Pathology

Clare College, University of Cambridge, 15th-17th December 2011


Provisonal Programme 

15th December – Garrett Lecture & Student Competitions
12.00-13.30 Lunch & Registration
14.00-14.05 Welcome & Introduction – G. Salmond
14.05-14.45 The Garrett Memorial Lecture – Stephen Farrand (Illinois, USA) "Rhizosphere wars: a tale of three plasmids"
14.50-17.15 PH Gregory Prize (oral) Competition
17.30-19.00 Poster Competition Session (networking, drinks and nibbles)
19.30- Society Dinner in the Great Hall, Clare College
16th December – Main Symposium
09.00-09.50 Keynote Lecture – Gary Strobel (Montana, USA) "The biological and biotechnical promise of endophytes"
09.50-10.20 Joyce Loper (USA) "Genomics-guided discovery of traits in biological control strains of Pseudomonas fluorescens"
10.20-10.50 Robert Cichewicz (Oklahoma, USA) "Fungal natural products in the modern age – new prospects and promises"
11.15-11.45 Murray Grant (Exeter, UK) "Towards understanding bacterial effector mediated metabolic reconfiguration during disease  development"
11.45-12.15 Gillian Turgeon (Cornell, USA) "Comparative genomics, distribution, and functional analysis of fungal genes associated with secondary metabolite production"
13.45-14.15 Alan Slusarenko (Aachen, Germany) "How does the garlic phytoanticipin 'allicin' kill cells?"
14.15-14.45 Monika Hofte (Belgium) "Role of cyclic lipopeptides produced by Pseudomonas spp. in pathogenicity and biocontrol"
14.45-15.10 Leo Eberl  (Zurich, Switzerland) "Bacterial cell-to-cell chemical communication in the rhizosphere"
15.35-16.05 Max Dow (Cork, Ireland) "Cyclic di-GMP as a second messenger linking cell-cell signalling to virulence in Xanthomonas campestris"
16.05-16.35 Robert Dudler (Zurich, Switzerland) "Biology of syringolin A, a Pseudomonas virulence factor that  inhibits the eukaryotic proteasome"
16.35-17.05 Presidential address G. Salmond (Cambridge, UK)

Final comments & Close of meeting / Networking & Free evening in Cambridge

17th December
  Breakfast & Depart