The Biology of CAM Plants

April 9, 2018 - April 13, 2018
9 AM


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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. 

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

Registration and abstract submission will be open November 2017.