National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program Plant Transformation Workshop

July 30-August 1, 2018
8:30 am-5:30 pm
Plant Transformation Core Facility, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

Transformation of recalcitrant cereal crop species has been challenging. The National Science Foundation - Plant Genome Research Program sponsors this workshop. The goal of this workshop is to provide attendees with hands-on experience in Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cereal crop species. Attendees will have the opportunity to walkthrough advanced protocols for the transformation of cereal crops with focus on three recalcitrant cereal species, including:

  • Zea mays inbred lines
  • Sorghum bicolor public genotype
  • Brachypodium distachyon public genotype
Attendees will have the opportunity to utilize plant morphorgenic regulator genes to transform B73 as well as the best practice for cereal transformation. In addition, the workshop will offer two lectures and host a discussion forum. The first lecture will focus on the mechanism of plant somatic embryogenesis whereas the second lecture will center on how to establish and implement cereal transformation systems.

Travel and accommodation
The workshop will provide daily working lunch, coffee breaks and transportation between the hotel and workshop. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Attendees can come to Columbia by air or by car. For flight informaiton please visit the Columbia Regional Airport website. For accommodations which are close to campus, we recommend:

Seats are limited. Workshop registration is free but required by June 20, 2018 to secure your spot and facilitate our workshop organization. Contact Zhanyuan Zhang, for any workshop related questions.