Developing Sustainable Bioenergy Crops for Future Climates
24-27th September 2017
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Further contributions are invited through the call for abstracts tab.
Sunday 24th September – Afternoon session 1
Climate change, land availability and biomass potential, Chair: Iain Donnison
- 16:15 Welcome to the meeting, Gail Taylor, University of Southampton, UK
- 16:30 Raphael Slade, Imperial College London, UK
- How policy makers learned to start worrying and fell out of love with bioenergy.
- 17:00 Peter Coleman, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government
- Bioenergy: challenges for policy-makers relevant to crop development.
- 17:30 Astley Hastings, The University of Aberdeen, UK
- Future biomass supply for low carbon European energy provision in a changing world.
- 18:00 Discussion
19:00 Welcome drinks reception followed by dinner, Oriel College
Monday 25th September – Morning session 2
Generating, capturing and utilising genetic variation, Chair: Michele Morgante
- 09:00 Jerry Tuskan, Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
- Inter-Kingdom signalling – a Populus case study.
- 09:40 John Vogel, DoE Joint Genome Institute, USA
- Brachypodium functional genomics: pan-genomics, polyploidy and a cast of mutants.
- 10:20 Silvio Salvi, University of Bologna, Italy
- Mutagenesis and genomic analysis in Arundo donax.
10:40 Coffee break
- 11:00 Michele Morgante, IGA Technology Services, Italy
- Targeting the gene space using genotyping-by-sequencing with single primer enrichment technology to identify the genetic basis of drought tolerance in bioenergy Populus nigra.
- 11:40 John Clifton-Brown, IBERS Aberystwyth University, UK
- Towards expanding biomass availability for the European bio-economy: developments in breeding, agronomy and utilisation of the Asian C4 perennial grass Miscanthus.
- 12:00 Antoine Harfouche, University of Tuscia, Italy
- De novo transcriptome assembly and comprehensive expression profiling in the bioenergy crop Arundo donax to gain insights into moderate drought stress response.
- 12:20 Discussion and wrap up
12:30 Lunch, Oriel College
Monday 25th September – Afternoon session 3
Ideotypes for yield in a changing climate – drought stress and beyond, Chair: Bill Davies
- 14:00 The Annals of Botany Lecture – Greg Rebetzke, CSIRO Canberra, Australia
- Linking improved genetic and physiological understanding to deliver greater water productivity to commercial breeding programs.
- 14:40 Larry Smart, Cornell University, USA
- Transcriptomic analysis of interspecific diploid and triploid willow hybrids.
- 15:20 Paul Robson, IBERS Aberystwyth University, UK
- Water stress from phenomics to field: towards identifying a suitable ideotype for resilient yield in the bioenergy crop miscanthus.
- 15:40 Timothy Tschaplinski, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
- The nature of the progression of drought stress drives differential metabolomic responses in Populus deltoides.
16:00 Tea break
- 16:30 Gail Taylor, University of California, Davis, USA and University of Southampton, UK
- Plastic or adaptive? Linking genotype to phenotype to define an ideotype for drought tolerance in Populus nigra L.
- 16:50 Steve Hanley, Rothamsted Research, UK
- Dissecting complex traits in Salix: progress in gene discovery.
- 17:10 Walter Zegada-Lizarazu, University of Bologna, Italy
- Drought adaptation characteristics of a giant reed mutant.
- 17:30 Matthew Haworth, National Research Council CNR-IVALSA, Italy
- Morphological and physiological comparison of Arundo donax ecotypes to drought stress in the field.
- 17:50 Discussion and wrap up
19:30 Dinner, Oriel College with after-dinner speaker
Charles Godfray, University of Oxford, ‘The food, energy, water dilemma’, Chair: Donal Murphy-Bokern
Tuesday 26th September – Morning session 4
Genetic and genomic approaches to biomass crop improvement, Chair: Rishi Bhalerao
- 09:00 The SweTree Lecture - Steve Long, University of Illinois, USA and Lancaster University, UK
- Bioengineering improved photosynthetic efficiency to sustainably increase productivity in C3 and C4 bioenergy crops.
- 09:40 Malcom Bennett, University of Nottingham, UK
- Designing Future Bioenergy crops: a key role for the hidden half?
- 10:20 Andrea Polle, University of Göttingen, Germany
- Genomics and ecophysiology of poplar drought acclimation.
10:40 Coffee break
- 11:00 Wout Boerjan, Ghent University, Belgium
- Engineering biomass crops for the biorefinery.
- 11:40 Magnus Hertzberg, SweTree Technologies, Sweden
- Engineering of trees for improved yield including yield under drought conditions.
- 12:10 Rishi Bhalerao, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden
- Elucidating ABA signalling and its role in drought tolerance in perennial trees.
- 12:40 Discussion and wrap-up
13:00 Lunch, Oriel College
Tuesday 26th September – Afternoon session 5
Predictive modelling for yield – bringing genotype and phenotype together, Chair: Joost Keurentjes
- 14:00 Carl Bernacchi, University of Illinois, USA
- Scaling growth, yield, and water use of mischanthus from the plot to the Midwestern United States.
- 14:40 Joost Keurentjes, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
- The added value of natural variation in the elucidation of quantitative trait regulation.
- 15:20 Gancho Slavov, Rothamsted Research and IBERS Aberystwyth University, UK
- Integrated genomic prediction in bioenergy crops.
- 15:50 Jaime Puertolas, Lancaster University, UK
- Exploring variation in water relations responses to soil water deficits within a Populus nigra wide genome association population.
16:20 Tea break
- 16:45 Poster presentation session – authors are invited to describe their posters in a five minute summary followed by an open discussion with wine and nibbles, Chair: Donal Murphy-Bokern
19:30 Dinner at Oriel College with after-dinner speaker
Patricia Thornley, Manchester University ‘Future bioenergy research challenges’, Chair: Gail Taylor
Wednesday 27th September – session 5 continued.
- 09:00 Fred van Eeuwijk, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
- Multi-trait genotype-to-phenotype models for complex traits.
- 09:40 Goetz Richter, Rothamsted Research, UK
- In silico exploration of genotype x environment x management effects for short rotation willow.
- 10:00 Caspar Donnison, University of Southampton, UK
- Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) in the UK: Contrasting Land-use Scenarios and Implications for Natural Capital.
- 10:20 Discussion and wrap-up
10:30 Coffee break
- 11:00 Meeting summary and synthesis
- Donal Murphy-Bokern, Jerry Tuskan, Antoine Harfouche, and Gail Taylor
12:30 Lunch, Oriel College