The Biology of CAM Plants Standard Registration

April 9, 2018 - April 12, 2018
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    Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) photosynthesis is a principal carbon concentrating mechanism in terrestrial plants and is the major means by which land plants achieve superior levels of resource-use efficiency. As a result, CAM plants are increasingly recognized as among the world’s most important crops for food, forage, fiber, fodder and fuel and as critically important foundational species in tropical sub-humid, semi-arid, and arid ecosystems. This international meeting will convene a diverse group of scientists to share new discoveries on the evolution, ecology, functional biology, genomics and engineering of CAM traits and species.

    Keynote Speakers

    Anne Borland: Newcastle University
    Klaus Winter:  Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

    Confirmed Speakers

    Alberto Búrquez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    John Cushman, University of Nevada, Reno
    Sarah Davis, Ohio University
    Erika Edwards, Yale University
    James Hartwell, University of Liverpool
    Karolina Heyduk, University of Georgia, Athens
    Joseph Holtum, James Cook University
    Kevin Hultine, Desert Botanical Garden
    Sung Don Lim, University of Nevada, Reno
    Lucas Majure, Desert Botanical Garden
    Katia Silvera, University of California, Riverside
    Lee Sweetlove, University of Oxford
    Ryan Stewart, Brigham Young University
    Robert van Buran, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    David Williams, University of Wyoming
    Xiaohan Yang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Major Themes:

    • Evolution and ecological adaptation
    • Modeling CAM across functional scales
    • Functional genomics
    • CAM in agroecosystems
    • CAM biology and ecophysiological systems

    Symposium Format

    The symposium will combine invited talks, student lightning talks, poster sessions, and dedicated discussions and breakout sessions with the aim of integrating basic research on CAM across a wide range of disciplines including functional genomics, biochemistry, ecophysiology, ecology and evolutionary studies. A field excursion to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve will be included.


    The meeting will take place at the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden with accommodations at nearby hotels. Transportation to the symposium will be provided for selected hotels. 


    For lodging, visit Mission Palms Hotel or call 1.800.547.8705.

    Organizing Committee

    Alberto Búrquez Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    John Cushman University of Nevada, Reno
    Sarah Davis Ohio University
    Kevin Hultine Desert Botanical Garden
    Raul Puente Desert Botanical Garden
    Ryan Stewart Brigham Young University
    David G. Williams University of Wyoming