18th New Phytologist Symposium Calcium-based signalling systems in plants (18th NPS)

Venue: Royal Dublin Society

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Event Date/Time: Dec 05, 2007 End Date/Time: Dec 07, 2007
Early Registration Date: Oct 12, 2007
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The calcium ion is a universal intracellular second messenger used in numerous plant signal transduction pathways. Since the last major international ‘plant calcium’ meeting in 1985 the field has matured and moved on from simple cataloguing of the involvement of calcium ions in diverse signalling pathways to detailed investigations of the individual components of the calcium homeostatic machinery and identification of the components up and down stream of the calcium signal. The aim of this conference is to consider the ‘state of the art’ and to engage in horizon scanning exercises that are only possible in relatively small discussion-focussed meetings. Major issues to be discussed include a) the role calcium ions in controlling nuclear function b) the identification and regulation of calcium responsive transcriptional regulators c) the molecular identification of calcium channels d) the interaction of calcium with other second messengers such as reactive oxygen species and e) how calcium signals are decoded. We wish to explore the involvement of calcium in mycorrhizal and rhizobium based signalling systems, disease resistance and the involvement of calcium in circadian phenomena.

Symposium format

The symposium will take place over three days at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Dublin. Thirteen invited talks will form the basis of discussion at what will be a relatively small meeting (up to 120 participants) which we hope will provide an ideal and informal atmosphere for the stimulation and exchange of ideas and the building of collaborations.


If you would like to receive further information relating to this meeting please get in touch with Helen Pinfield-Wells (New Phytologist) – newphytsymp@lancaster.ac.uk
New Phytologist Central Office
Bailrigg House
Lancaster University
LA1 4YE, UK.
Tel: +44 1524 594 691
Fax: +44 1524 594 696