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June 10-12, 2014
Location: Radisson Hotel
405 – 20th Street East, Saskatoon
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014  
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)  
University of Saskatchewan  
120 Veterinary Road,  Saskatoon  
 
4:30 PM Shuttle from Hotel to VIDO,
University of Saskatchewan, 
120 Veterinary Road,  Saskatoon
Sessions
Registration 
MC:  Wilf Keller
5:00 pm-6:15 pm
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Volker Gerdts: Overview of VIDO - InterVac
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Robert Lamb: Overview of a Synchrotron
What is it and applications relevant to plants
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Boffins Club
(5 minute walk from VIDO)
Welcome Reception
  Karen Chad greetings on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan
  Wilf Keller greetings on behalf of Ag-West Bio
   
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Radisson Hotel
405 – 20th Street East, Saskatoon
7:00 am – 8:00 am Exhibitor & Poster Set-up                                                                                                        
7:30 am  –  8:00 am Registration
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Jerome Konecsni (MC),  Innovation Saskatchewan 
Welcome:  
Keynote Speaker: Rob Norris, MLA
Welcoming remarks on behalf of the Province of Saskatchewan
8:30 am – 10:00 am Session 1: Key challenges and opportunities for plant imaging: 
Chair:  Emil Hallin
8:30 am - 9:00 am Speaker 1: Tony Pridmore, University of Nottingham
Root imaging and Phenotyping via X-ray Micro-computed Tomography
9:00 am - 9:30 am Speaker 2: Steve Hunt, Qubit 
Plant Phenotyping for Agriculture in Crisis
9:30 am – 10:00 am Speaker 3: Edwin Reidel, LemnaTec Inc.
High-throughput phenotyping – a boost for genomics in the 21st century
10:00 am  – 10:15 am Alanna Koch: Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture
Importance of Innovation in Achieving Saskatchewan Agricultures Strategic Targets
10:15 am  – 10:30am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Session 2: Challenges and opportunities: plant characterization for crop improvement:
Chair: Paul Arnison
10:30 am – 11:00 am Speaker 4: Darby McGrath: Research Scientist, Nursery and Landscaping, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Urban tree survival applications for root imaging technology
11:00 am – 11:30 am  
Speaker 5: John Doonan, Aberystwyth University 

Challenges and Opportunities in scaling phenotyping methodologies for plant science and breeding
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Speaker 6: Henk Jalink, Wageningen University
Measuring Photosynthetic efficiency and its relationship to field performance
12:00 pm  – 1:15 pm
Lunch 
MC: Robert Lamb
12 pm: Key Note Speaker: Jerome Konecsni
1:15 pm – 3:50 pm Session 3: Root/soil interactions:
Chair: Sina Adl
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Speaker 7: Menachem Moshelion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A novel high‐throughput physiological phenotyping and screening system for characterizing plant x environment interactions  
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Speaker  8: Derek Peak, University of Saskatchewan
Characterizing soil nutrients
2:15 pm  – 2:35 pm Break
2:35 pm – 3:50 pm Session 4: Disease/host interactions and feed applications:
Chair: Chithra  Karunakaran
2:35 pm - 3:00 pm Speaker  9: Peiqiang Yu, University of Saskatchewan
A unique research tool, synchrotron (SR-IMS) contributions to advances in plant, seed, food and feed research 
3:00 pm - 3:25 pm Speaker  10: Chithra Karunakaran, Canadian Light Source
Imaging Wheat Fusarium Blight infections
3:25 pm - 3:50 pm Speaker  11: Gary Peng, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 
Understanding the mechanism of clubroot resistance based on transcriptome, metabolome and fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analyses
 
4:10 pm – 5:45 pm CLS TOUR (shuttle to CLS 4:00 pm – shuttle back to Radisson 5:45 pm)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Exhibitor & Poster Reception
Radisson Hotel, Pre-Conference Area
MC: Wilf Keller
6:00 PM  
   
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Radisson Hotel
405 – 20th Street East, Saskatoon
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration
MC: Rob Lamb
8:30 am – 9:00 am Peter Phillips, Keynote Speaker, Professor and Graduate Chair
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, 
The role of innovation in meeting and developing research systems in supporting future
global food security
9:00 am – 10:00 am Session 5: Applications in plant physiology:
Chair: Karen Tanino
9:00 am  – 9:30 am Speaker 12: Thorsten Knipfer, University of California, Davis 
Understanding stem – xylem function utilizing synchrotron light
9:30 am – 10:00 am Speaker 13: Karen Tanino, University of Saskatchewan
Integrating advanced imaging techniques to study plant cell structure-function mechanisms increasing low temperature stress resistance
10:00 am  – 10:30 am Break
10: 30 am – 11:00 am Speaker 14: Mike Dixon, University of Guelph
Measuring water potentials in plants
11:00am - 11:30am Speaker 15: Ingrid Pickering, University of Saskatchewan
Understanding trace elements in plants
       
11:30 am  – 1:00 pm
Lunch - MC Emil Hallin
12 pm: Key Note Speaker: Ramaswami Sammynaiken, Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre
Applications to Plants
1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm Session 6:  Development in imaging techniques:
Chair: Royal Hinther
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Speaker 16: Josef Hormes: Louisiana State University 
Synchrotron radiation and plant characterization: some out of the box thoughts
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Speaker 17: Dean Chapman, University of Saskatchewan
Advances in imaging soft tissue on x-ray beamlines
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Speaker 18: Ben Babst, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Utilizing  medical isotopes in understanding plants
   
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Exhibitor tear down
3:00 pm  – 5:00 pm Session 7: Advances in plant imaging:
Chair: Emil Hallin
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Speaker 19: Tina Roose, University of Southampton
Image based modelling of plant soil interaction
3:30 pm –  4:00 pm Speaker 20: Harini Rangarajan, Penn State University, College of Agriculture
Modeling of root systems: In quest of feeding 10 billion
 
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Summary of Conference Sessions
4:30 pm  –  5:00 pm Closing Remarks:  Wilf Keller
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